In today’s Brazos Valley Physicians Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Lorin Catalena discusses voice problems.
If a patient has been hoarse for three weeks or more it can be an indication that the patient has muscle tension that is going further the problem with their hoarseness if they were to continue on with that behavior. Any neck tension or complaints that that patient has in their neck can further hoarseness and cause it to be a chronic problem. We also diagnose singer’s nodules, vocal chord polyps. There are times the patients experience vocal chord paralysis for various reasons so that’s something that we can help those patients out with. It’s so helpful for the patient to see what’s wrong with their vocal chords. We review the examination with the patient directly after the exam and the patient has the opportunity to see their vocal folds. We line that up with a normal exam so they understand it better and then we start therapy directly after that.
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