Dysphagia

Weakness in mouth and throat muscles, resulting from stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, neuromuscular disorders or cancer, can cause dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. If you have a swallowing disorder, Good Shepherd’s Dysphagia Program can help.

Good Shepherd’s Master’s level speech and language pathologists implement the Dysphagia Program with expert hands-on care and state-of-the-art technology. The program is a component of our integrated approach to rehabilitation.

    Good Shepherd’s Dysphagia Program includes:

    • A comprehensive evaluation
    • A personalized treatment plan
    • Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) studies, where you consume various textures of food or liquid while an X-ray shows how the structures in your mouth and throat are functioning, are available. MBS Studies for children are provided in Good Shepherd's Pediatrics Program.
    • Leading-edge VitalStim® Therapy uses the concept of neuromuscular re-education to retrain throat muscles in adults who have chronic oral/pharyngeal dysphagia. The therapists in Good Shepherd’s Speech and Communication Program were early adopters of VitalStim Therapy and have presented research findings related to VitalStim Therapy nationally.
    • Our therapists use the state-of-the-art VitalStim Experia, which provides neuromuscular re-education, surface EMG and biofeedback during treatment sessions.
    • Oral/facial electrical stimulation is used to restore muscle function within the face and mouth.
    • Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS) is used to restore reflexes within the pharynx.
    • A therapeutic exercise program is available.
    • Recommendations regarding modified diet levels are available.
    • Therapists will work with you to develop strategies for compensating for and overcoming dysphagia.
    • Ongoing patient and family education is available.

    Good Shepherd Dysphagia Program specialties:

    For more information on the Good Shepherd Department of Speech and Communication, contact us, call 610-776-3270 or Request an Appointment.