St. Jude Concussion Clinic

We bring a unique expertise to evaluating and successfully treating concussion in children and adults. Our nationally-recognized success in brain injury, sports medicine, pain management, emergency medicine and neurological recovery work together to offer the advanced knowledge and experience to treat the physical, emotional and cognitive effects of concussion and help you recover.

Through accurate diagnosis, state-of-the-art treatment and individualized care, we can help you return to sports, work, school or everyday activities safely.

Our Experts

For over 20 years, our expertise in traumatic brain injury has placed us among the best in the nation. Our experts include:

• Physicians, including board-certified specialists in rehabilitation, neurology, sports medicine and neuropsychologists

• Physical therapists with advanced degrees in neurological and vestibular conditions, and who specialize in ImPACT testing

• Speech language pathologists

• Occupational therapists with advanced training in cognitive rehabilitation

• Athletic trainers

Diagnosis and Treatment

We assess the entire range of possible symptoms—from memory and concentration, to neurorecognition and vestibular status—to ensure early identification of any barriers to successfully returning to school, work, sports or daily activities.

State-of-the-art assessment tools, such as ImPACT testing (computerized testing used by the NFL, NHL and MLB to measure brain functions such as attention and reaction time) bring a precision and accuracy to our recovery and treatment plans. Computerized balance testing (NeuroCom and VSR balance programs) offer more precise assessment of physical symptoms such as coordination and balance.

Our comprehensive services include:

• Vestibular therapy to improve balance

• Oculomotor dysfunction assessment to identify issues with focus or tracking

• Cognitive assessment and rehabilitation to treat problems with concentrating, multitasking, memory, speech, and organization

• Return-to-sport rehabilitation, including sport-specific training

• Return-to-sport approval

• Return-to-learn/school rehabilitation and skill recovery, including collaboration with school for support and accommodation

• Return-to-work rehabilitation and skill recovery

• Counseling to address depression, anxiety or other emotional effects

• Identification and treatment of neurologic and neck dysfunction

• Pain management

What is a Concussion?

A forceful hit to the head or any part of the body, causing the brain to shake quickly back and forth, can result in a concussion. While often linked to athletes and sports, a concussion can occur to anyone at any time: falls and car accidents are two of the most common causes.

Most people recover within two weeks, with symptoms gradually improving each day. Symptoms that grow worse—or aren’t getting better—need to be evaluated by a physician experienced in concussion management.

Although a concussion is considered a “mild” traumatic brain injury, when not treated properly, it can lead to serious long-term problems.

Physician referral is required. By appointment only. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For questions, please call (714) 578-8706 ext. 2328.

Symbols of Quality

Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities

We are one of the only CARF (Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited programs in the state for Traumatic Brain Injury, which means our training, expertise, and outcomes are among the very few to meet CARF’s rigorous standards. Accreditation signifies that a hospital's program represents the highest quality, value, and optimal outcomes for the individuals served.

ImPACT Testing

Our experts are trained in specialized ImPACT testing, designed to assess brain function after an injury has occurred..

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