essentialtremorEssential Tremor

Essential tremor is a neurological disorder in which people exhibit a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, legs, trunk and/or voice.  It can afflict persons of any age, gender and race and in the vast majority of all cases it is inherited.  While more commonly noticed in older individuals, essential tremor can begin as early as birth.

The age of onset, body part(s) affected, and the severity of the tremors typically differs from patient-to-patient, even within a family. This difference from patient to patient holds true for benefits received from drug therapy as well.

Tremors are seen in postural (voluntarily maintaining a position or movement) and kinetic (performing any kind of movement) positions. Thus, essential tremor is considered an “action” tremor.