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Essential Tremor

Essential tremor is one of the most common movement disorders, occurring about 10 times more frequently than Parkinson's disease. The disease can have a broad impact, causing difficulties in writing, eating, drinking, dressing and speaking – all of which can lead to embarrassment and concern that may cause depression or anxiety.

The University of Kansas Health System offers premier resources to help people with essential tremor manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Our comprehensive care addresses physical and emotional well-being.

We offer a variety of appointment types. Learn more or call 913-588-1227 to schedule now.

About essential tremor

Essential tremor is a neurological disorder in which the hands, head, trunk, voice or legs shake rhythmically and uncontrollably. It is often confused with Parkinson's disease or dystonia, which have similar signs but different causes. An accurate diagnosis is important to determine effective treatment.

Symptoms and risks

Essential tremor is inherited 45-90% of the time.

In this condition, tremors occur when muscles are active, becoming evident during eating, drinking, speaking or writing, for example. As the ability to perform daily tasks decreases, disability and depression can become significant issues.

Diagnosis and treatment

Physicians may suggest antiseizure medications or tranquilizers to calm trembling. Botox® injections can be helpful, particularly when trembling takes place primarily in the hands. Deep brain stimulation can also provide long-lasting symptom control.

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