Via Christi's Rehabilitation Services can improve quality of life for those suffering from speech and swallowing difficulties. Our Speech-Language Pathologists assist physicians in the diagnoses, treatment, and management of disorders related to speech, voice, language, cognition, memory, and swallowing.
Successful treatment is achieved by providing direct patient care, counseling and education. Many of our patients experience difficulty in speech, language, memory, cognition, and swallowing secondary to stroke (CVA), brain tumors, neurological/post-neurological conditions, neuromuscular disease or head and neck surgery.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists provide a full range of evaluative, preventative, and rehabilitative services to those with communicative, cognitive, and swallowing disorders.
An individualized treatment plan focusing on re-establishing functional and reliable communication is implemented for each patient. Treatment goals may also address specific communicative-cognitive deficits through a variety of treatment techniques. Patients with swallowing disorders are seen for a comprehensive evaluation, followed by swallowing treatment and diet modification as needed.
Problems with swallowing (dysphagia) are potentially serious. The severity may range from occasional coughing or throat clearing to gagging and choking on all foods and liquids. In some people, swallowing problems can lead to dehydration and malnourishment.
Therapy for swallowing problems, including barium swallow studies, is available at Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg. Swallowing therapy is an intensive treatment program that focuses on improving strength and movement on the involved muscles. The therapy program may also include home exercises and recommendations on foods and liquids. The program is staffed with speech-language pathologists with specialized training. A physician referral is required.