Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing is a complex process starting with jaw and tongue movements, followed by the coordinated contraction of the throat muscles. Fortunately, most of the swallowing problems (medically known as dysphagia) are mild and are self-managed by the patients.

However, for individuals who are more severely affected with associated coughing, a choking sensation, or breathing difficulties, tests should be conducted to determine the exact cause of the problems. From there, a speech therapist or other specialist can determine the best approach for treating those issues.

Swallowing Studies and Dysfunction

Treatment Strategies

Updated in May 2024 by Dr. Barry Hendin, MSAA Chief Medical Officer
Original content by Donald A. Barone, DO

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