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Treating Dysphagia with Swallowing Therapy

Image of elderly lady being helped up from a chair for dysphagia treatment

When an individual suffers from dysphagia – an inability to swallow properly – the impact on his or her life can be significant. Sometimes an injury, side effects of surgery or trauma to the brain results in a swallowing disorder. For these individuals, reduced nutrition, reduced hydration, less enjoyment eating or drinking socially, and the risk of food or liquid entering the airway become daily concerns. But there is hope! Swallowing therapy can restore function, and the Open Lines team can provide the best treatment plan for you.

Dysphagia Treatment Takes on Many Forms

Causes of dysphagia vary from patient to patient. Symptoms can occur in the oral, pharyngeal or esophageal stages of the swallowing process. Therefore, treatment options available to each patient must be unique. Before seeing your Open Lines speech pathologist for your first dysphagia treatment, please visit your doctor and have a radiographic or videofluoroscopic assessment performed. This allows your therapist to customize your treatment plan and give you the best care possible.

Learn more about swallowing therapy and find out how a specialized, individualized treatment plan could help you regain lost enjoyment taken by dysphagia. Call Open Lines at 212-430-6800 or email today.