Madden Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders has a team of experts dedicated to treating tremor.
Tremors are unintentional trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body. Most tremors occur in the hands. You can also have arm, head, face, vocal cord, trunk and leg tremors. Tremors are most common in middle-aged and older people, but anyone can have them. Some forms are inherited and run in families. Others have no known cause.
There is no cure for most tremors. Treatment to relieve them depends on their cause. In many cases, medicines and sometimes surgical procedures can reduce or stop tremors and improve muscle control. Tremors are not life-threatening. However, they can be embarrassing and make it hard to perform daily tasks.
Tremors occur when there is a problem in parts of the brain that control muscles in the body or specific parts of the body, such as the hands. They commonly occur in otherwise healthy people. They may also be caused by problems such as:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Traumatic brain injury
- Alcohol abuse and withdrawal
- Certain medicines
Source: NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Why choose Ohio State for treatment of tremor?
Multidisciplinary Team of Experts: We have a team of experts dedicated to treating tremor disorders at both the Madden Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders and at the Center for Neuromodulation. They include:
- Movement disorders neurologists with fellowship training or extensive clinical experience in movement disorders
- Social worker
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
- Nurse practitioners and a clinic nurse
- Neuropsychiatrist who can address related behavioral and mental health issues
- Genetic counselor
- Coordinated efforts with a specialized team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and nurse practitioners experienced in assessing and treating those individuals with tremor disorders who might benefit from deep brain stimulation (DBS)
Comprehensive Care: Our experienced team provides you with multiple options in three different clinic locations for managing tremors. We also work closely with other disciplines to address conditions in which tremors occur, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and dystonia. Once we have diagnosed your condition and underlying causes, we provide ongoing follow-up care and make adjustments to your treatment along the way so you can achieve the highest possible level of function.
Physical Therapy Expertise: Our physical therapists specialize in movement disorders and are known for their research and work in setting the standard of physical therapy care for movement disorders, particularly in gait (manner of walking) and balance assessment and treatment.