Swallowing Therapy Services in Adelaide

Dysphagia is the name for swallowing difficulties. Dysphagia can be caused by a wide range of medical conditions and can impact on your ability to chew and safely swallow food or drinks. Swallowing difficulties can occur at any stage in life and may impact not only your health but also your enjoyment of eating and participation in social activities.

Aspiration is the medical term used for food and fluid entering the airway. This can quickly develop into pneumonia. Aspiration and choking are serious complications of dysphagia and should be addressed immediately. Please contact the clinic to speak with a speech pathologist to determine the urgency of your assessment. In some cases we may advise that you seek medical attention before your appointment.

Please note that we do not assess for oesophageal dysphagia and recommend referral to a gastroenterologist where appropriate.

We will conduct a clinical assessment to understand the cause of your swallowing difficulty.

Swallowing difficulties can occur at any stage in life.

Difficulties in swallowing can occur when suffering from:

Traumatic brain injury
Stroke
Neurodegenerative Disease e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia
Respiratory disease e.g. COPD
Head and neck cancer
Complex chronic illness
Intellectual disability
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. It can occur when there is weakness or incoordination of the muscles in the mouth and throat.

Signs of dysphagia:

  • Coughing, throat clearing, or choking when eating and drinking
  • Frequent unexplained chest infections
  • The feeling of food sticking in your throat
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Difficulty chewing or food left in the mouth after eating
  • Voice sounding wet or gurgly after drinking
  • Unexplained weight loss, reduced intake, or avoidance of certain foods
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Dribbling of drinks or drinks coming out of the nose
Conduct an assessment of your nerve and muscle function
Assess your ability to manage a range of textures or fluids
Work with you to devise a mealtime management plan to optimise safety and enjoyment
Give you exercises to strengthen the muscles of your mouth and throat if appropriate
We may also recommend further testing if the cause of your dysphagia is not clear
Need help with your voice, a chronic cough, upper airway disorder or swallowing?

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