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Outpatient Rehabilitation

Swallowing Therapy

If you are having difficulty swallowing you should be referred for a swallow study via a Modified Barium or Video-Flouro Swallow Study. Completing this study will provide the insight our therapist need on how to address your specific issues. This can be done at one of our hospital’s diagnostic radiological settings. To obtain more information about the swallow study process, call (615) 284-3436 for more information.

Our Speech-Language Pathologists are trained to teach techniques and exercises to help improve swallow function, ensure safety of the airway during meals and medication intake, and reduce the risk of aspiration pneumonia. They will also assist in determining the consistency of food and liquid that the patient can safely swallow.

Persons with swallowing problems due to a Stroke, Head Injury, Head/Neck Cancer or Neurological Disease may present with:

  • Aspiration Pneumonia
  • Coughing, Choking or Gagging when eating or drinking
  • Difficulty chewing or moving food around in the mouth
  • Fever, Excessive Throat Clearing or Wet/Gurgly Voice around meal times
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Painful swallowing or a sensation of food stuck in the throat
  • Feeding Tube