Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing Disorders

Early evaluation and treatment of swallowing
problems can prevent upper respiratory congestion
and/or pneumonia. Speech-language pathologists
work closely with radiologists to evaluate swallowing
using modified barium swallow studies to help
determine the cause of the swallowing problem
as a result of:

  • Stroke
  • Cancer surgery
  • GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux)
  • Progressive neurological disorders
  • Pulmonary disease

Treatment typically includes management of:

  • Diet and food texture recommendations
  • Swallow management
  • Compensatory swallowing techniques