Ohio State treatment to improve a swallowing disorder can support better overall health and wellness.
The Swallowing Evaluation and Treatment Services at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center help people who have difficulty swallowing.
Generally called dysphagia, this disorder interferes with the passage of food or liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Ohio State’s speech-language pathologists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. These specialists will work with you to determine the cause of your swallowing problem and develop a personalized treatment plan. The goal is to improve your overall health with an emphasis on safety, comfort and better nutrition.
Swallowing issues can affect people at any age and result from:
- Neurological diseases such as Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic injury to the brain or body
- Tracheostomy (a neck incision allowing for insertion of a breathing tube)
- Ventilator dependency (prolonged device-assisted breathing support)
Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?
Ohio State’s comprehensive rehabilitative care programs help people overcome swallowing difficulties and improve their nutrition and health. Here’s why people with swallowing disorders choose Ohio State:
Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals. We will help you learn the skills and techniques you need to improve your abilities at work, home and social settings.
Unique Services: Ohio State’s speech-language pathologists use comprehensive, evidence-based treatments to evaluate and treat swallowing disorders. Our program has one of the few speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the country who is a Board-Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BRS-S).
Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognizes our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques, and innovative care backed by research knowledge.