What is essential tremor?
Essential tremor is a neurological disorder characterised by involuntary shaking or trembling movements, typically affecting the hands. It is the most common movement disorder and tends to worsen with certain activities or when attempting precise movements.
We will conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure an accurate diagnosis. If your doctor suspects that you might have essential tremor, they will organise the following evaluations to confirm the diagnosis:
- Medical history
- Physical examination
- Neurological assessment
- Medical imaging such as MRI may be used to assess brain structure or changes
Treatment and management
Your Epworth care team will collaborate with you to plan the best approach to your treatment and symptom management.
While there is currently no cure for essential tremor, treatment options are available to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Your Epworth neurologist may suggest the following to help manage and reduce the impact of your symptoms:
Coordination and care
Your Epworth neurologist may arrange referrals to other specialists such as occupational therapists, psychologists or physiotherapists to address associated challenges.
To help avoid triggers that exacerbate tremors, your health care team may suggest increasing a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, sufficient rest and stress reduction techniques.
Your neurologist may prescribe medication to manage tremors.
Rehabilitation combines physical, functional and cognitive therapy with education and support to help you rebuild strength and function, restore independence and regain confidence to live your best life.
Depending on your individual needs, we have a range of specialised neurological rehabilitation programs and clinics to support movement disorders.
Your Epworth care team will arrange follow-up appointments to assess treatment effectiveness and adjust treatment plans as needed.
For essential tremor
Your care team at Epworth
The multidisciplinary team for essential tremor includes a specialist neurologist and allied health professionals, such as an occupational therapist and speech pathologist.
Learn more about the health professionals in the neurology care team.