Throat nodules: Symptoms, causes and non-surgical treatment
Voice problems always occur with a change in voice. If you often complain about hoarseness, roughness or raspy quality, rest assured, you most likely have vocal disorder. Probably, the most common cause of a lost or croaky voice is its misuse. Unfortunately, many people never give a thought on what role the vocal cords have with respect of voice production. Experts have estimated that approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. have trouble with using their voices. Voices are taken for granted; therefore, about 1 in 3 people have their voices affected by hoarseness. This may persist for weeks, especially when no rest is given to their voices. Sometimes, this becomes a more serious problem that needs medical or therapeutic attention.
Like any part of your body, vocal cords are susceptible to strain. Throat nodules arise as a result of trauma to the vocal box. Singers, teachers, lawyers, public speakers, sales people and many other professionals use their voices for work. Some shout or scream excessively while others use their voices all day long during their work hours. This puts them at risk for developing throat nodules and other voice disorders. When the voice changes and becomes hoarse, most of these professionals, inadvertently try to compensate by trying even harder to get their message out. Even a single episode of trauma requires over several days of voice rest. But, unfortunately, these episodes are often repeated unknowingly and this aggravates the problem further.
In the past, surgery was usually the treatment of choice. However, the surgeries to remove nodules often had bad outcomes. Giving vocal nodules a reputation of being ‘carrier killer’, surgeries made the voices worse than they were before operative interference.
In their acute stage, nodules cannot be treated alone with rest. In a case when trauma occurs repeatedly, Vocal Science’s unique vocal mechanics technique is the first choice for safe and effective treatment. This non-surgical way of treatment involves vocal and physical exercises coupled with behavioral changes. Designed to restore efficient vocal function, these exercises will resolve throat nodule symptoms and other growths on the throat or the vocal cords; thus will help you attain the best possible voice and to retain it for a lifetime.