March 27, 2015: At Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, physical therapist Miriam Hammerle, PT, Cert SMT, often sees patients who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion in the line of duty. Sometimes the concussion is the result of an explosion in combat. Other times, it might be due to a fall or collision during training.
One of her recent patients, Lt Col Tony Cromer Jr, suffered a concussion due to a more common workplace hazard, when his head was slammed by an opening door. The effects of that workplace accident, including headaches and dizziness, were the same as they often are for soldiers on the battlefield.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Hammerle and Cromer discuss his injury and treatment.
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Miriam Hammerle, PT, Cert SMT, is a physical therapist in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). She is accredited in Vestibular Rehabilitation, has attained competency in treatment of Cervicogenic Dizziness, and most recently certified in Spinal Manipulative Therapy from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Hammerle recently received the BAMC Civilian of the first Quarter in 2014 and the BAMC Civilian of the year of 2014 for work in improvement of outcomes in dizziness with concussion.
Lt Col. Tony Cromer, Jr, is a senior manager for the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). He currently serves as a Chief Information Officer at the Medical Education & Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He sustained a concussion after a secured door at work hit him directly on the head, knocking him out temporarily. After experiencing dizziness and headaches, he sought treatment from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service at Brooke Army Medical Center and physical therapist Miriam Hammerle, PT, Cert SMT.