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VitalStim Therapy:
An Innovative Treatment for Swallowing Disorders

 

An estimated 15 million Americans suffer with a swallowing disorder called dysphagia, a debilitating condition that strikes people of all ages, from the very young to the very old. One of the most common causes of dysphagia is stroke.

Dysphagia makes it difficult or impossible to eat normally, and can cause failure-to-thrive syndrome in both children and the elderly. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. And it can be fatal. An estimated 60,000 people die each year from complications of dysphagia, including aspiration pneumonia. And some patients with severe dysphagia face spending the rest of their lives taking all their nourishment through a feeding tube.

The Valley Hospital is currently offering a breakthrough treatment for this debilitating condition. The treatment, called VitalStim Therapy, is based on principles that have been successfully used in physical therapy for years. It uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation in combination with traditional physical therapy techniques to stimulate inactive swallowing musculature. The technique aids in helping patients create or relearn functional muscle use patterns necessary to initiate or re-establish swallowing. Valley is the only facility in Bergen County and one of only two in the state to offer this new treatment to patients with dysphagia.

“Dysphagia can be such a difficult condition to treat, and it has such a devastating impact on a person’s life,” said Peter Jarosz, Coordinator of Speech Pathology at Valley. “This technique has enabled individuals who have not been able to eat for years to regain the ability to eat normally again. It is very gratifying to be able to offer this effective option to our patients”

For more information about VitalStim™ Therapy, please call The Valley Hospital Department of Outpatient Rehabilitation at 201-447-8131 or e-mail us at webinfo@valleyhealth.com.

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