Improving Swallowing: How an ENT Can Help
Swallowing may seem like a simple action but it takes multiple muscles and key brain connectivity to make it happen. Difficulty swallowing is actually not uncommon and it can happen to people of all age groups. It tends to be worse in those that are elderly, those that have suffered a stroke, those who have suffered traumatic brain disorders, or those who are very young. No matter what you are experiencing, though, it is ultimately very important for you to turn to a specialist to help you to overcome the limitations you face. Improving swallowing is something your ENT can help you with in many cases.
Why Are You Struggling?
The first step for the ENT is to understanding the underlying problem. Often times, these problems do not indicate that a specific disease or limitation is present. In other words, struggling with this does not mean you have a tumor that is worsening. Rather, it is often a temporary condition, one that can be treated, and one that is not life threatening. Do you have symptoms of a swallowing disorder? Some of those may include:
- Voice changes
- Discomfort located in the chest or the upper throat, often feeling as though reflux is occurring as well
- A feeling that there is something stuck in the throat especially after eating or drinking
- Weight loss often brought on by inadequate nutrition for a long period of time
- Coughing or chocking during the eating process.
What Can Be Done?
Every individual’s needs are different. Ultimately, you will work closely with your doctor to better understand the underlying cause and the treatment option best for you. Options may be available that can help. For example, some medications can help to reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach, which can reduce reflux. In other cases, the use of muscle relaxants can help to reduce the risk of throat muscles contracting. And, there are other options available to help with other causes.
The first step is to contact our offices to schedule an appointment with the best ENT in New York. Then, we can conduct a study to determine if a swallowing concern exists and the severity of it. From there, a swallowing therapy session can begin to give you the help and support you need to overcome this condition and to improve your overall ability to swallow properly.
Contact us at 212-867-4813 to schedule a consultation.