Tremors and shaking are involuntary movements that occur in one area of the body. Most commonly, tremors and shaking effect the hands, arms, and head. When the tremors are severe, they can make normal tasks like drinking water, taking a note, or holding a piece of paper difficult. In the majority of cases, the tremors are not caused by Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately, when a genetic issue is not causing the tremors and shaking, it can be difficult to identify the cause of the issue.
Tremors may occur differently for each individual. Some characteristics of tremors may include:
• Rhythmic shaking of the hands, arms, legs, and head
• Difficulty writing
• Shaky voice
• Difficulty holding items
Tremors and shaking can occur at any age but are most likely to happen as a person ages. The tremors may be constant, occasional, or can increase with stress. The condition is just as likely to affect men as it is to affect women.
Tremors can be caused by a number of neurological conditions that impact the parts of the brain that are responsible for movement. Neurological causes of tremors include:
• Brain injury
Other medical conditions that can result in tremors include:
• Excessive use of alcohol or recreational drugs
• Thyroid issues
• Liver failure
Many instances of tremors have no known cause, making treatment difficult.
Treatment of tremors can be difficult, especially when the root cause of the issue is unknown. If Parkinson’s is the cause, there are specific medications that can address that issue. In other instances, physical therapy and medication can help to manage tremors.
For assistance diagnosing the root cause of your tremors and shakes and to begin a treatment plan to address the issue, contact the specialists at Cayman Neurology and Pain Management today.
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