If you have a swallowing disorder, you may have pain when swallowing food, liquids or saliva, or you may not be able to swallow at all. Anyone
can have a swallowing disorder, but it is more likely among the elderly. It often happens because of other conditions, such as:
- Nervous system disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy
- Problems with the esophagus
- Head or spinal cord injury
Medicines may help some people while others may need surgery. Swallowing treatment with a speech-language pathologist can help. You may find it
helpful to change your diet or hold your head or neck in a certain way when you eat. If you experience any difficulty swallowing, speak to
your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.