How is dysphagia treated?
Speech-Language Pathologists that specialize in dysphagia management are your first line of defense in identifying your swallowing function and risks for complications. This includes a visit or two of diagnostics in identifying your issues, followed by a swallowing instrumentation to assess the three stages of your swallow. No two individuals are identical, and as such, the Speech-Language Pathologist identifies your particular situation. Swallowing safety not only involves the three-stages of your swallow, but also your environment, caregiver/spouse interaction, food and liquid choices, and rehabilitative techniques to increase safety. Working with your physician, the speech and language pathologist can determine what course of treatment is best for you.