Voice and swallowing disorders require careful analysis and are very complex. Our doctor performs voice and swallowing disorder analysis, prevention and treatment for patients in our region.
What is a swallowing disorder?
There are many possible causes for a person to have difficulty or pain when swallowing food or liquid. Swallowing problems, also known as dysphagia, can develop for a variety of reasons that include injury, weakness, underlying pulmonary problems, neurological problems or cancer. The impact can be devastating, especially if you cannot drink or eat normally as a result.
What are the causes of swallowing disorders?
Common causes include:
- Conditions that compress the esophagus
- Abnormalities of the throat, larynx, neck and spine
- A narrow esophagus
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or heartburn
- Acid reflux
- Autoimmune disorders
- Nerve disorders
- Brain damage
- Cancers or tumors
- Zenker’s Diverticulum
How are swallowing disorders diagnosed?
You will be asked several questions about your sensations while swallowing, how the problem began, how long you’ve had the problem, your medications, and your family history. Other lab tests, X-rays, and evaluations may be performed to assess the disorder.
How are swallowing disorders treated?
Treatment and recovery depend on the underlying condition.
What is a voice disorder?
A voice disorder may have several symptoms including increased vocal effort, hoarseness, limitations in loudness and pitch, and shortness of breath.
What causes a voice disorder?
Voice disorders are caused by many different factors that include physical ailments, events and diseases. The majority of voice disorders that affect the throat (pharynx) or voice box (larynx) are caused by non life-threatening factors and are easily treatable.
Some common causes of voice disorders includ
- Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
- Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPRD )
- Aging Voice
- Vocal Fold Scars
- Cancers and Tumors
- Sulcus Vocalis
- Reinke’s Edema
- Vocal Cord Paralysis
- Subglottic Stenosis
- Tracheal Stenosis
- Spasmodic Dysphonia
How are vocal disorders treated?
Our doctor performs diagnosis and treatment for the full range of voice and swallowing disorders. If you suspect you may have a voice or swallowing disorder, please schedule an appointment today.