The word ‘atrophy’ refers to gradually losing muscle or flesh, usually because of a disease or lack of use. Vocal cord atrophy is when the vocal fold atrophies or hardens, making it unable to function/work properly,
This can cause loss of voice volume, a hoarse voice, and/or hypertonic phonation. The issues can vary between partial or complete loss and control.
Symptoms to observe for:
1.The omohyoid muscle becomes stiff and is lifted up.
2.Larynx gets in a deep position.
3.Narrowing between the thyrohyoid bones and the thyroid cartilage.
4:Poor blood circulation of the superior laryngeal artery
5:Easy to get a dry throat and become thirsty.
Unfortunately you can never completely fix this, if you get vocal cord atrophy even once it is something you will have for life. Although the degrees of it can be treated and controlled, making it easy to cope with.
Note1:Methods for treating vocal cord atrophy
1.Acquire flexibility of the musculus extrinsic laryngis
2.Improve blood circulation of superior laryngeal artery
3.Improve kinematic performance of the muscles relating to vocalization.
You might have vocal cord atrophy if your blood flow is less than 2.5cm/sec mearuring the pressure surrounding the superior laryngeal artery.
Note2:When measuring the blood flow’s pressure, please direct and place the probe at the area of the thyroid foramen. Many people find it difficult to find the blood vessel there, because it’s really small.