Essential Tremors

Essential tremor is a nervous system disorder causing an involuntary shaking movement that is repeated over and over. Although essential tremor may affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, head and voice. In some cases, medicine or brain surgery can help reduce the symptoms.

Essential Tremor: What You Need to Know

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What is Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor, which sometimes runs in families, is not usually a dangerous condition. The rhythmic shaking may also affect your feet, torso, arms or legs, but does not happen when you are still.

Essential tremor worsens over time and can be severe in some people. It isn't caused by other diseases, although it's sometimes confused with Parkinson's disease.

There are two known risk factors for developing essential tremor, including:

  • Genetic mutation: Familial essential tremor is inherited essential tremor, and your risk for developing it is 50 percent if one of your parents has the defective gene
  • Age: The condition is more common in people over 40

Diagnosis and Treatment: Essential Tremor

Learn more about essential tremor diagnosis and treatment.

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