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Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia, can occur at any age. Dysphagia can affect nutrition, weight management, quality of life and in severe cases, result in aspiration pneumonia and the need for alternative means of nutrition.

Signs of a swallowing disorder may include:
  • difficulty chewing
  • trouble swallowing medication
  • throat clearing with and/or after eating or drinking
  • coughing with eating or drinking
  • wet "gurgly" sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
  • persistent or recurring episodes of pneumonia

Swallowing

Why Choose The NeuroRehab And Balance Center?

Speech-language pathologists at the NeuroRehab & Balance Center (NRBC) have specialized training including:

  • Comprehensive assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders with individualized treatment programs
  • VitalStim® Therapy and videofluoroscopy swallowing assessment to address swallowing disorders
  • Patient and caregiver education with training to facilitate functional swallowing in use of compensatory strategies and changes in diet consistency
  • Referral for other services if additional assessment is needed for overall care

Your speech-language pathologist at NRBC will consult and work in conjunction with the rehab team using evidence based therapy practices and advanced technologies to assist each individual in reaching their highest level of safety with food/liquid consumption and best quality of life.

Resources
American Speech Language and Hearing Association
Mayo Clinic
Medline Plus-National Library of Medicine
WebMD
nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/pages/dysph.aspx