The Spring 2018 online publication of the Pittsburgh Quarterly featured an article titled, “Hard to Swallow,” focusing on the prevalence of dysphagia and its treatment options. The article emphasizes the important role that speech-language pathologists have in treating patients diagnosed with dysphagia and outlines novel assessment approaches under investigation by researchers, including Dr. James Coyle.
Research out of Johns Hopkins University suggests that at least 1 in 3 adults in the US will develop difficulty swallowing as they age. A startling statistic coming from their report states that 25% of aging adults diagnosed with dysphagia will die within one month of receiving their diagnosis, and 50% dying within a year.
Dysphagia can result in serious medical complications including choking, pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, all of which can lead to death.
It is critical that dysphagia clinicians and researchers continue to improve the prevention and treatment of this disorder.
At the NFOSD, our mission is to advance the treatment of swallowing disorders in our lifetime, and one of the first steps needed to do so is to increase awareness of the prevalence and negative outcomes of dysphagia.
Click Here to read the article from Daily Mail
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 27th, 2017 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
No ASHA CEUs will be offered for this webinar.
Byline: Ed Steger
Dysphagia affects 3.0% of all adult US inpatients (aged 45–90 years) and is associated with a significantly longer hospital length of stay, higher inpatient costs, a higher likelihood of discharge to post-acute care facility, and inpatient mortality when compared to those with similar patient, hospital size, and clinical characteristics without dysphagia. Dysphagia has a substantial health and cost burden on the US healthcare system.
Myofascial Release and Manual Therapy in Dysphagia Treatment for Patients Following Head/Neck Cancer
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
No ASHA CEUs will be offered for this webinar.
Webinar Description: Myofascial release (MFR) and manual therapy is an emerging treatment for patients who have dysphagia due to radiation-induced fibrosis following head/neck cancer. While there is limited published research to date on the use of this modality in swallowing therapy, reports of patient response and clinician experience with this treatment tool have been positive.
This presentation will discuss the following:
- The challenges of treating dysphagia with head and neck cancer patients
- The rationale and goals for using this modality in dysphagia treatment
- Various techniques used in therapy sessions and home programs
- Case studies of patients successfully treated with this modality as a part of their swallowing therapy
Explain the rationale for using myofascial release/manual for patients following XRT for head and neck cancer
Discuss the goals for myofascial release/manual therapy in dysphagia treatment
Describe techniques of myofascial release/manual therapy used in dysphagia treatment
Meet the Presenter:
Jen Carter, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a speech pathologist with 25 years of experience treating adults with dysphagia. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and currently has a private practice in Denver, Colorado, the Carter Swallowing Center, specializing in the treatment of dysphagia. Jen has successfully treated numerous patients with dysphagia following head and neck cancer using myofascial release/manual therapy as part of her swallowing treatment.
In addition to treating patients at her swallowing clinic, Jen frequently lectures on dysphagia treatment at the local, state, and national level. She has a blog about dysphagia treatment on her website www.carterswallowingcenter.com , and she has written about various dysphagia topics for the SIG 13 Perspectives, The ASHA Leader, and the blog, Dysphagia Café. She is an instructor for the VitalStim Therapy course and has recorded webinars about esophageal dysphagia, neurophysiology of swallowing, and exercise physiology principles in swallowing treatment for CIAO Seminars.
Medical disclaimer. This Webinar is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with an appropriate health care professional, as each individual’s medical situation is unique. It is important that you consult with your medical professional (e.g., physician, SLP) before implementing any course of treatment. Experiences that are new to you should be done with the help of a caregiver and when access to emergency medical care is available.