Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing problems, or dysphagia, may come with several signs and symptoms such as coughing, food getting “stuck” in the throat, gurgly voice quality and/or reoccurring pneumonia.

Meeker Memorial Hospital’s speech therapy department is able to perform a modified barium swallowing where the individual eats or drinks food or liquid with barium in it, and then the swallowing process is viewed on an X-ray in order to properly diagnose the swallowing deficit and find an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment with speech therapy at Meeker Memorial Hospital may include positions or strategies to help the individual swallow more effectively or specific food and liquid textures that are easier and safer to swallow. Specialized dysphagia treatment using The VitalStim® Therapy System is offered at Meeker Memorial Hospital.

Find Your Physician or Program Specialist
612 South Sibley Ave.
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-4528
Fax: (320) 693-4561

Angela Kruger, MS, CCC-SLP

Meeker Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services