What are symptoms of cervicogenic dysphagia?

What are symptoms of cervicogenic dysphagia?
What are symptoms of cervicogenic dysphagia?

A problem in the cervical spine (neck area) causes difficulty swallowing in cervicogenic dysphagia.

The symptoms of cervicogenic dysphagia can vary from person to person, but they typically include:

  1. Difficulty or pain when swallowing: Individuals with cervicogenic dysphagia may experience pain or discomfort while swallowing, which can range from mild to severe.
  2. Sensation of food getting stuck: Some people may feel as if food or liquids are getting stuck in their throat or chest when they swallow.
  3. Regurgitation of food or liquids: In some cases, there may be regurgitation of food or liquids after swallowing, which can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.
  4. Choking or coughing: Swallowing difficulties may lead to choking or coughing during or after meals.
  5. Hoarseness or voice changes: Cervicogenic dysphagia can sometimes affect the vocal cords, leading to hoarseness or changes in voice quality.
  6. Neck pain or stiffness: Pain or discomfort in the neck region may be present, which can be a contributing factor to the swallowing difficulties.
  7. Reflux symptoms: Some individuals with cervicogenic dysphagia may also experience symptoms of acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD), which can exacerbate swallowing problems.

It’s important to note that these symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions that affect swallowing, so a thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional is necessary to diagnose cervicogenic dysphagia accurately.

The underlying causes of cervicogenic dysphagia may include problems with the cervical spine, such as disc herniation, degenerative changes, or other structural issues.

Treatment options for Cervicogenic Dysphagia

If you experience difficulty swallowing, it’s crucial to seek medical evaluation to rule out any ENT, respiratory and cardiovascular pathologies. Our team will be happy to provide a thorough neck health examination once others causes have been ruled out.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in cervical spine conditions to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Neck Alignment Program. This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve neck posture, improve sagittal positioning and promote proper stability. The primary goal of treatment is to address the underlying cervical spine issues that are giving you symptoms.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!