Essential Tremor

Essential tremor is the most common type of movement disorder, but it’s often misdiagnosed — if it’s diagnosed at all. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute, we know how frustrating it can be when everyday tasks, such as eating, become difficult or impossible due to uncontrollable shaking.

We specialize in diagnosing and treating essential tremor and other complex movement disorders. We’ve helped many patients improve their symptoms and quality of life. Using a personalized care approach that focuses on your concerns, we’ll help you overcome the challenges you face today and in the future.

What is essential tremor?

Essential tremor is a neurological movement disorder that causes a shaking of the hands, face, voice, or some combination of these body parts.

We don’t know what causes some people to develop essential tremor. Researchers continue to investigate how the brain and nervous system work together to direct muscle movement — and how to stop the abnormal signals that cause tremors.

At AHN, we’ll discuss the condition with you in detail and support you in every way. Learn more about our approach to movement disorders care.

Essential tremor symptoms

Essential tremor is a condition marked by repeated shaking that affects one or both sides of your body. The condition often starts in adulthood, but it can affect people at any age.

Involuntary (uncontrolled) shaking from essential tremor often:

  • Starts slowly and may get more severe over time
  • Affects only your hands, head, or voice (not the legs)
  • Gets worse when you move (such as drinking a glass of water)

Get precise essential tremor diagnosis at AHN