GERD: How an SLP Can Help

People who suffer from GERD will be the first to tell you that it’s a nasty affliction that creates various problems for them. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease and is caused by acid reflux, when the stomach acids or bile back up into the esophagus. It comes with many symptoms with one of the most common being heartburn that can even spread up to a burning sensation in the throat. Some people complain of a sour taste in their mouth. The symptoms can include chest pain, sore throat or hoarseness, acid reflux, a feeling of a lump in the throat, or problems with swallowing, just to name a few.

Any of these symptoms could indicate numerous other medical conditions, and those suffering from them should not just assume its GERD. A proper medical examination must be conducted to make a proper diagnosis.

GERD demands the diagnosis and treatment provided by a medical doctor. In addition to this, the services of a speech pathologist are often very helpful if certain symptoms are present. For example, sometimes GERD creates swallowing difficulties for the individual. Some people have the unpleasant experience of feeling like food is stuck in their throat, or feel the need to be constantly clearing their throat. These are just a few of the GERD-related difficulties that a speech pathologist can help get under control.

If you are suffering from voice or swallowing problems and have GERD, an assessment with our team may help!


Linda Saarenvirta is a speech-language pathologist who has been practicing for over 20 years in the healthcare field.  She has worked with a variety of communication disorders and clients of all ages.  She is extremely passionate about voice therapy and enjoys helping clients achieve their vocal needs.  Her client centered approach to therapy ensures all clients maximize their potential and achieve their goals