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Swallow Therapy

Swallow-related issues (dysphagia) can occur as a result of prolonged intubation, musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions, disease or surgery. Speech-language pathology addresses swallow dysfunction through evaluation and treatment. Occasionally, a modified barium swallow may be conducted (in conjunction with our radiology department) to ensure safe advancement of diet consistency. Our team provides extensive education and individualized exercises geared to optimize swallow function safely.

Common signs and symptoms of dysphagia (swallow impairment):

  • Coughing/throat clearing during or right after eating or drinking
  • Wet or gurgly voice after or during eating or drinking
  • Requiring extra time to chew or swallow
  • Leaking food or liquid from mouth
  • Getting food stuck in mouth
  • Recurring pneumonia
  • Weight loss or dehydration due to limited ability to eat