Treatment for Tremor

Essential tremor often does not require treatment.

Lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress and avoiding caffeine and alcohol, may improve symptoms. Physical therapy may help reduce essential tremor of the hands, arms, legs, and trunk, and speech therapy may be beneficial for people whose voice is affected.

Severe tremor that affects the patient's ability to perform daily tasks and interferes with their quality of life can be treated with medication or surgery (e.g., deep brain stimulation [DBS]).

Prognosis

Essential tremor is rarely debilitating. Severe cases can usually be treated with medication.

Prevention

Essential tremor cannot be prevented.

Publication Review By: Jean-Raphael Schneider, M.D., Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 02 Jan 2000

Last Modified: 15 Dec 2014