We characterise a tremor as unintentional and uncontrollable shaking or trembling. Experiencing a slight tremor is not unusual, especially as we age. However, you should speak to a medical professional if you have a persistent tremor that affects your daily life or is worsening over time.
People commonly experience tremors in their hands, though other places include your wrists, arms, legs, head or jaw. We often don’t need to treat a minor tremor, but a severe one requires a thorough evaluation before treatment.
We may perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine the cause and severity of your symptoms, allowing us to identify the most appropriate treatment. For example, we may recommend certain medications if your symptoms are caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s. Botox can help relieve tremors in the head and face.
Surgical options may include deep brain stimulation (DBS) or focused ultrasound thalamotomy (also known as transcranial magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy). You may also benefit from lifestyle changes, using adaptive devices, and physical or occupational therapy.