Rehabilitation Services Holland Hospital Holland Locations: Rehabilitation Services Locations: 844 South Washington Ave. Building 2, Suite 1600 Holland, Michigan 49423 Phone: (616) 355-3910 Fax: (616) 395-8791 Lakeshore Medical Campus 3299 N. Wellness Drive Building C, Suite 220 Holland, Michigan 49424 Phone: (616) 355-3987 DYSPHAGIA PROGRAM Fax: (616) 355-3859 Zeeland Community Hospital 8333 Felch Street, Suite 101 Comprehensive Zeeland, Michigan 49464 Phone: (616) 772-5795 Zeeland Location: treatment for feeding Fax: (616) 741-5622 and swallowing disorders. Holland Hospital Home Health Services Phone: (616) 394-3346 Fax: (616) 394-3629 Rehabilitation Services hollandhospital.org hollandhospital.org What is Dysphagia? soft palate (velum) Dysphagia is a feeding and/or swallowing disorder. What Treatments are Available? It may occur in adults and children during any of tongue Treatment for Dysphagia focuses first on evaluating the processes involved in the act of swallowing. epiglottis valleculae the problem and determining safe feeding options for the patient. Next, a Speech-Language Pathologist What are Dysphagia Signs and hyoid bone false/true (SLP) works with the patient and family to improve Symptoms? thyroid cartilage vocal folds (larynx) eating and swallowing skills. The treatment program A normal swallow is quiet, painless and takes only trachea is specifically designed to address the particular esophagus one to two seconds. Disordered swallowing may needs of each patient. involve one or more of the following symptoms: Treatment may involve: TT Coughing and/or choking when eating. TT Modifying the manner in which the patient TT Chest pressure or pain when swallowing. swallows. TT Feeling that food is getting stuck in the throat. TT Improving muscle strength, mobility and How are Feeding and Swallowing TT Wet vocal quality (“gurgly” voice). coordination through exercises designed to Problems Evaluated? TT Abnormal oral feeding or difficulty chewing. target the muscles involved in swallowing. A careful review of signs and symptoms is required TT TT Irritability during feedings or failure to thrive. Providing biofeedback or VitalStim® Therapy – to assess Dysphagia. A team of swallowing experts neuromuscular electrical stimulation to improve TT Prolonged feeding times or refusal to eat. work together to evaluate various aspects of the swallowing. problem. This may include: TT TT Dehydration. Recommending food/liquid consistencies and TT Assessment of strength, coordination and TT Unexplained weight loss, altered diet or loss of techniques or special equipment for feeding movement of the oral-motor (mouth) appetite. and swallowing. musculature. TT History of gastrointestinal problems such as TT Addressing infant and pediatric feeding issues. TT Clinical evaluation of patient feeding and hiatal hernia or ulcer. swallowing. TT Reflux or GERD. To Learn More TT Medical tests such as the Modified Barium For more information, please contact Holland TT Recurrent pneumonia or respiratory infections. Swallow (MBS), the Videofluoroscopic Swallow Hospital Rehabilitation Services at (616) 355-3987 Study (VFSS) or “the cookie swallow”. or visit hollandhospital.org.
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