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Essential Tremors

Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder

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.​​

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Essential tremor treatment options
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
Medication can help control symptoms and manage depression or anxiety that may accompany your disorder.
Botox injections
Botox injections can help relieve muscle contractions and spasms.
Lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet or stress management may help essential tremor.
Surgery
Depending on the extent of your symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery to treat essential tremors.
Supportive therapies
Supportive therapies like physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy may also aid in your essential tremors treatment.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
An electrode is implanted surgically to aid the deep brain structures that influence movement to help treat essential tremors.
Focused ultrasound​​
Focused ultrasound​​ are used to break up some bits of brain tissue to improve essential tremors symptoms.
  • Plummer Movement Disorders Center

    The Plummer Movement Disorder Center in Temple takes a team approach in treating movement disorders. To schedule a consultation with our movement disorders specialist, see your primary care physician or neurologist for a referral.

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