Highlands Dysphagia Speech Therapy
Swallowing is an important part of our eating routine because it allows us to move the food and drinks we have from our mouth to our stomach without problems. However, there are cases where some people find it hard to swallow because of the pain that comes along with it. For these people, they may be experiencing dysphagia.
Dysphagia is a condition that disables people from being able to swallow food and water because their muscles won’t allow them to or if there is pain that comes with swallowing. While there are times that people may have difficulty swallowing, such as on times when we eat too fast or don’t chew the food properly, those with dysphagia will require treatment to get past this complication.
Here in Highlands’s Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC, you can get quality speech therapy for dysphagia and other speech-related disorders or complications. Our team will guide you through every step of the process so that you are comfortable while you are getting your personalized treatment.
Call Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC at (732) 783-5539 for a Free Consultation!
Causes and Symptoms of Dysphagia
Dysphagia can happen at any age, but it is usually experienced by older adults. The causes do vary per person, but it can be caused by one of the following categories:
1. Esophageal dysphagia – it is a sensation where the person feels like the food is stuck or hung up in their throat or chest after swallowing.
2. Oropharyngeal dysphagia – this occurs when one’s throat muscles are weaker than before, causing difficulties in swallowing. When this happens, you may either gag, cough, or choke when you try swallowing. Sometimes, it may even cause you to feel as if something is stuck in your nose and may cause pneumonia.
Aging and certain neurological conditions can also cause dysphagia. However, some cases do not usually occur all the time and cannot be considered caused by dysphagia.
To know if one has dysphagia, they may experience the following symptoms:
1. Painful swallowing or odynophagia
2. Unable to swallow at all
3. Persisting sensation that food is stuck in your chest, throat, or breastbone
5. Hoarse speaking
6. Regurgitate food
7. Frequent heartburn
8. Sudden weight loss
9. Coughing and gagging during swallowing
10. Food has to be cut down or avoided because of swallowing problems.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to go to the doctor immediately.
Diagnosis and Treatment
When you reach out to a trusted clinic, like us here at Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC in Highlands, several techniques will be used to diagnose if you have dysphagia. Some of the tests that can be done include:
1. Barium X-ray
2. Dynamic swallowing test
4. Fiber-optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
6. Imaging scans
Treatment, once properly diagnosed, also varies depending on the cause of dysphagia. The treatments can range from speech learning exercises, medication to surgery. For speech therapy, you can approach us here at Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC. Our team can give you a perfect diagnosis for your condition and personalize the treatment so that it works perfectly for your condition. If you cannot visit us in our clinic, you don’t have to worry because we can do teletherapy.
Licensed Medical Speech Pathologist
Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC was founded by Robert Kevlin, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSVT LOUD® CERTIFIED to cater to those who need help and assistance with their language, speech, and vocal skills.
Since he started his practice around ten years ago, Robert Kevlin has been awarded by several distinguished bodies for his commitment to helping others with their speech concerns. He is always active in the latest discussions and treatments for speech problems. He is also a talented voice artist, gracing radio, television, and theatre, and they are always a hit.
Robert Kevlin also constantly works with experts in the field of speech pathology to develop the best treatments possible and also get the respect of his peers with his dedication. He also got training to see other perspectives that can be considered when sorting out treatments, enabling him to become one of the most trusted leaders in speech pathology in Highlands, NJ and in the entire country.
If you want an experienced, dedicated, and motivated speech pathologist who can guide you through your treatments and help you get your voice back, Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC is definitely for you.
Free Consultation Today
Swallowing problems should not be taken lightly because it can cause further complications. If you or someone you know has dysphagia or suspect they have one, don’t hesitate to call Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC to check your condition. Our team is always ready to provide you with quality speech treatment that matches your needs and helps you get back your capacity to enjoy food and drinks without worries.
Call Neurorehab & Speech Healers, LLC at (732) 783-5539 for your Free Consultation!