Comprehensive Head Injury Program

Recognizing the need for specialized care in the treatment of head and brain injury patients, The Neurological Institute has created the Comprehensive Head Injury Program (CHIP).

The goal of CHIP is to minimize the effects of cognitive and physical disabilities through a patient-centered, one on one approach.

Head Trauma is a complex medical issue. Some of the more complex issues of brain injuries are personality changes, anxiety, memory, confusion, and other, often untreated symptoms, which may include:

  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Problems with speech or language
  • Problems with social judgement or behavior
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Lack of motivation
  • Verbal outbursts
  • Visual perceptual problems
  • Long or Short-term memory loss
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function
  • Inability to perform activities of daily living
  • Difficulty walking
  • Depression

A personalized evaluation:

Prior to admission to the program, each patient is first evaluated to create a program tailored especially for the unique needs of the individual and their family.

This is a comprehensive visit for the patient, who is evaluated by the entire CHIP team. After the evaluation is completed, CHIP team members will meet to discuss their findings and make treatment recommendations. The goal of this evaluation is to establish an individual treatment plan clearly defining the rehabilitation goals, clinical milestones and potential discharge plans.

CHIP 8 Week Program Highlights:

CHIP is an eight-week comprehensive program. Patients participate in therapy with the same therapists each session throughout the entire treatment course. This continuity of care supports the head injury patient, who often suffers from anti-social and confidence issues.  

Patients and families will benefit from:

  • Intensive speech, occupational and physical therapy
  • Driving and transportation assessment
  • Interdisciplinary team specializing in head injury
  • Patient and family education
  • Equipment needs assessment
  • Individualized discharge planning
  • Interdisciplinary orthotics rounds
  • Structured group therapy focusing on appropriate skills and community re-entry activities
  • Support group
  • Weekly meetings with case managers, patients and their family members to review progress
  • Ongoing communication with the workers compensation adjuster/case manager regarding patient attendance, and to address and update return to work status and vocational planning


At this time, the CHIP program is accepting only Workers’ Comp and self-pay patients ages eighteen and older at this time.  Patients must sustained their injury on or after the age of 13, be physically, emotionally and intellectually capable of participating in the program and not be a threat to themselves or others. Patients must be independent and able to provide care for necessary bodily functions or have an attendant with them. Patients must be free from dependence upon alcohol/drugs during participation in the program.

CHIP is located at:

7000 Shannon Willow Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

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Brain Injury Support Group

The Neurological Institute hosts a support group meeting on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Our meetings start at 1pm at our South Charlotte campus, located at 7000 Shannon Willow Road.

If you would like more information on our support group please call 704-449-6064


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!

Click Here to read more about Brain Injury from the North Carolina Brain Injury Association.