Treating Throat Pain & Related Symptoms
Elimination of Difficulty Swallowing, Sensation Of An Object Struck in the Throat, Frequent Sore Throats, Hoarseness, and Related Conditions
All of the above conditions are primarily in the realm of Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists, and in some cases gastroenterologists (specialists in the digestive tract including the stomach and the tubes which lead into and out of it).
But what do you do if these specialists and your physician cannot find the cause? In our experience, the answer is almost always a dysfunction or injury to muscles in the throat. These have long names like the superior pharyngeal constrictor (which surrounds the back of the throat and has connections to the palate and lower jaw) and the digastric muscle (which connects the skull to the lower jaw at the chin with connections at a bone in the throat called the hyoid bone).
In cases where these and other muscles are injured or dysfunctional, any of the symptoms listed above can result. When this is the cause, a diagnosis cannot be made with MRI’s, bacterial cultures, blood tests, endoscopy, or any of the usual tests which are required to rule out tumors, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), strep infections and the like.
The bottom line is that once your physicians rule out conditions such as those we just mentioned, if symptoms persist, there is a 90% probability that they will be gone when we discharge you from treatment.
“It was a horrible thought to think I’d have to live with terrible sore throats and a feeling there was something stuck in my throat all the time for the rest of my life. I was constantly clearing my throat and could barely swallow. I just felt really bad and depressed. But now I don’t wake up in the middle of the night with pain or have to carry my bottle of pain pills anymore because I’m all better.” – Molly C.
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