A concussion is an injury to the brain most often caused by a mild or severe blow to the head. Any traumatic force to the head, neck, or body could put you at risk for developing a concussion. After a head injury, it can be difficult to tell if someone has sustained a concussion. Any athlete suspected of having a concussion needs to be removed from play and evaluated by a trained professional. A concussion is a functional injury to the brain, so CT scan of the brain and most MRIs are frequently normal. Headaches, blurry vision, dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping and concentrating are some of the more common symptoms; however, appetite loss, depressed mood, and sensitivity to bright lights and noises can also be signs of a concussion. No matter how big or small the concussion Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County and Dr. Karl Ziermann can help!
Dr. Karl Ziermann is board certified in internal medicine and fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine. He has studied exercise physiology and has a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ziermann then performed his internal medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where he focused on high school, college, and professional athletes. His primary role was as a team physician working directly with the University at Buffalo Division I athletics program.