Overview of Essential Tremor
Essential tremor (ET) is a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking, known as tremors. Tremors impact different parts and different sides of the body including hands, head, voice, legs and trunk.
Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder, and although not dangerous, the unintended trembling may interfere with daily tasks. The cause is unknown and essential tremor typically worsens over time.
Essential Tremor Treatment
Most people are able to live normal lives with essential tremor, although they may find everyday activities like eating, dressing or writing difficult. If essential tremor is interfering with your quality of life or causing embarrassment, there are a number of treatment options available.
Your treatment plan will be determined by you and your care team based on age, medical history, severity of tremors and personal preferences.
Options may include:
- Medication — to help control symptoms and manage depression or anxiety that may accompany your disorder
- Botox injections — to relieve muscle contractions and spasms
- Lifestyle changes — exercise, diet or stress management
- Supportive therapies — physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy may also aid in your treatment
- Surgery — depending on the extent of your symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery
- Deep brain stimulation – an electrode is implanted surgically to aid the deep brain structures that influence movement
- Focused ultrasound – used to break up some bits of brain tissue to improve symptoms
Specialized Centers for Essential Tremor Care
The Scott & White Plummer Movement Disorders Center (PMDC)
PMDC is part of the division of Scott & White's Neurology Department within the Neuroscience Institute in Temple, TX. The center offers a variety of treatments for patients suffering from movement disorders, including essential tremor.
Discover how the Plummer Movement Disorders Center can help provide relief from essential tremor and a number of movement disorders.