Essential Tremors at CNSI Movement Disorders Center

Essential Tremors is a disorder of the brain that causes spontaneous movement in various parts of the body. The condition can affect anyone at any age, but is common among older people.

What is Essential Tremors?

Essential tremors are a condition in which parts of the body involuntarily move or shake (tremor) due to a disorder in the brain. While hands and forearms are often the most affected, one’s head, face, tongue, neck and torso can also be impacted. Symptoms include shaking or quivering that causes problems writing, holding objects, or head nodding. The cause is unknown, but may run in families.

Diagnosing Essential Tremors

If you have symptoms or a family history of essential tremors, your doctor may consider your medical history when forming a diagnosis. A physical examination to evaluate the symptoms will be conducted, and the provider might order screenings like blood tests, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or X-ray.

Treatment for Essential Tremors

Certain medications may be effective in reducing the intensity and relieve symptoms. Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections are used as well. Surgery is an option for only the most severe cases. In mild cases, the patient may be advised to avoid certain things like caffeine, and to get plenty of rest.

The providers at the Clinical Neuroscience Institute’s Movement Disorders Center are dedicated to finding the treatment option that fits your individual needs so you can enjoy the day-to-day activities that matter to you.