Did you know that 27% of adults over 75 has difficulty swallowing?
We all know that weakness is a part of aging, but if you notice that you are having more issues swallowing this may be an indication of an underlying disease.
The medical term for swallowing impairment is dysphagia. What causes Dysphagia? It is be caused by various structural or neurological impairment.
Dysphagia can be a symptom of the following:
-Head and Neck Cancer
- Parkinson's Disease
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Generalized weakness
The good news is that there is treatment for swallowing impairment! We specialize in treating children and adults with dysphagia. We use a variety of exercises to strengthen and improve the speed of the swallow. We have certifications and extensive hands on training in treating dysphagia. We offer an in clinic instrumental swallow exam called the fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). We use a small endoscope and go in through the nose and assess the laryngeal and pharyngeal anatomy. We then give the patient various items to eat and drink and assess the swallow function. We are able to fully assess the swallow and determine a plan for treatment to improve the swallow function. We have 2 certified endoscopists at our clinic in Liverpool, NY. If you or a loved one are having problems swallowing, please contact us so we can see if we can help!