Physician checking a student for a concussion

Concussion Care

If you are an athlete who plays contact sports or the parent of a child who does, it’s important to know this: Serious concussions are on the rise, but so are advances in their treatment.

And you’ll be glad to know that one of the leading centers for concussion treatment is right here at Emerson Hospital. The Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center combines the expertise of one of the world’s leading concussion experts with the latest therapies for diagnosing, treating and managing all types of concussive brain injuries. 

The conditions we see 

At the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center, we see the full range of concussive brain injuries, including:
  • Concussion - A mild traumatic brain injury, usually occurring after a blow to the head
  • Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) - A complex disorder in which various concussion symptoms, such as headaches and dizziness, last for weeks and sometimes months after the concussive injury 
  • Symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - A progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma

Learn more about these types of injuries 

The services we provide

The Cantu Concussion Center provides traditional as well as integrative, individualized treatment for those suffering from concussive brain injury:
  • A team approach helps patients benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists working together to guide treatment
  • Baseline concussion testing provides a snapshot of healthy brain function for comparison should an injury occur
  • Individualized therapies for concussions, PCS and symptoms of CTE to help with injury management and recovery, tailored to meet each patients needs
  • Education and support for athletes, patients, caregivers, parents and coaches to aid with recovery


For your convenience, certain therapies are available at both the Cantu Concussion Center in Concord and at the Westford Health Center in Westford.

Pediatric Neurologist Joins Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center8/7/2017

Herbert Gilmore, MD, Brings Clinical Expertise to Young Concussion Patients

Cantu Concussion Center staff promote education to neutralize fear7/21/2017

Staff at our Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center have embarked on outreach and research initiatives aimed at educating students, parents, coaches and law enforcement in identifying and treating concussions.

Cantu Concussion Center expands its expertise 12/18/2017

With the addition of a pediatric neurologist and two neuropsychologists, our Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center continues to broaden the comprehensive care available to our patients.