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Essential Tremor

Essential Tremor Treatment London

Essential Tremor (ET) is considered the most common neurologic movement disorder. ET is a chronic condition characterised by involuntary, rhythmic shaking of a body part, most typically the hands and arms.

Essential Tremor (ET) is considered the most common neurologic movement disorder. ET is a chronic condition characterised by involuntary, rhythmic shaking of a body part, most typically the hands and arms.

Essential tremor (ET) is the most common neurological movement disorder. It causes involuntary and uncontrollable shaking in certain parts of the body. In some people, the severity of the condition can make everyday tasks like drinking and writing difficult. At Dementech Neurosciences, our specialists offer a range of essential tremor treatment solutions to help patients better manage their symptoms and retain a good quality of life.

Why Choose Dementech For Essential Tremor Treatment?

  • Our team is comprised of some of the top essential tremor neurologists in the country
  • We have access to cutting edge diagnostic equipment for a fast and accurate diagnosis
  • Same day consultations and assessments mean no long waiting times to see a specialist
  • Prices starting at £485
  • Video consultations are available if you can’t make it into the clinic
  • Test results are available within 48 hours
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What is Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is sometimes referred to as benign or familial tremor. It is a neurological condition that causes involuntary shaking or trembling in particular parts of the body, usually the head and hands. The voice (larynx) may also be affected, resulting in a shaky voice. It is typically diagnosed in people who are over the age of 40, with some people experiencing mild symptoms, and others having severe symptoms that affect their day-to-day capabilities.

The tremors typically worsen when there is movement and reduce significantly or stop altogether when resting. Some people may find that the condition worsens if their bodies are in certain positions, if they are lacking sleep or if they’ve had caffeine. In the beginning, symptoms will tend to come on gradually.

Essential tremor gradually worsens over time, but it doesn’t shorten life expectancy and has no links to other brain disorders. Around 50% of all ET cases are in people with an inherited altered gene, but it’s not clear what causes the condition in the other 50% of people.

Although the cause is unknown and there is no cure, there are treatments available to help you manage symptoms. We provide a wide range of treatment approaches at Dementech Neurosciences, helping you to keep your symptoms under control and live a good quality of life that isn’t dominated by your essential tremor.

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Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D'Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.N Mohamed
My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.P Allen

Same Day Consultations

To ensure the best possible outcome for our patients, we always aim to see patients the same day they make an enquiry wherever possible, lamenting a fast diagnosis.

Same Day Assessment

In line with same day consultations, we provide same day assessments to ensure a swift diagnosis. We use the very latest diagnostic technology.

Patient Advisor Consultations

If you have any questions or require further support and guidance, you can speak to your dedicated Patient Advisor who will be on hand to help.

Prices Starting at £485

Prices for an hour-long consultation start at £485. Each follow up appointment will cost £265. We always maintain full transparency about our costs.

Video Consultations Available

If you can’t make it to our clinic, you can talk to your clinician via a video consultation on either FaceTime, WhatsApp, and Skype.

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Discover More About Essential Tremor

Essential tremor is the most common of the tremor disorders and is sometimes confused with other tremor conditions, but it has its own set of symptoms that distinguish it from other conditions.

The symptoms of essential tremor include:

  • Head nodding
  • A quivering voice
  • A small, rapid tremor
  • A tremor that increases with movement or activity
  • A tremor that decreases when resting
  • A tremor that stops when asleep
  • A tremor that worsens with age

The hands, voice and head are most commonly affected by tremors. As time progresses, some people may also experience tremors of the arms, eyes and although very rarely, the legs.

Essential tremor vs Parkinson's disease

Essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease are two different conditions, though they are often confused. Essential tremor is characterised by shaking during activity or movement. The tremors can worsen or continue during movement. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease on the other hand, include involuntary tremor when you are inactive, muscle stiffness, slowness of movement and ‘freezing’.

What affects essential tremors?

There are certain factors that are known to worsen the tremors, including:

  • Emotional stress
  • Physical activity
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Fatigue and insufficient sleep
  • Alcohol consumption (in some people)

Essential Tremor Diagnosis & Treatment at Dementech

Diagnosing essential tremor correctly is essential. There isn’t a specific test that will determine whether you have ET over another type of tremor disorder, but our doctors will provide a comprehensive assessment of the type and severity of tremor to ensure a fast and accurate diagnosis first time.

This may include undergoing a number of physical assessments and scans, as well as blood tests to rule out other conditions.

Essential tremor treatment

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer pharmacological intervention for ET, including injections and medications. These aim to block the neurotransmitters which can help to mitigate tremors, although it isn’t effective in everyone. In the most severe cases, undergoing surgery to implant a deep brain stimulator can help.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for essential tremor. Treatment aims to suppress the involuntary movements, and can include:

  • Avoidance of known triggers, such as alcohol or caffeine
  • Stress management techniques
  • Medications, including injections
  • Regular monitoring and observation – if the tremor is mild
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Technology Used For Essential Tremor Treatment

At Dementech Neurosciences, we use the latest diagnostic imaging and treatment technology to provide the best possible outcome for our patients. Our clinicians are amongst the most experienced and trusted in the country, and we have access to the most advanced technology on the market.

We adopt a multifaceted approach to essential tremor treatment that aims to mitigate the effects of the condition as much as possible. This means we use a mixture of pharmaceutical treatments like botox injections and beta blockers, as well as other therapies, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. We can also put our patients forward for relevant clinical trials before they become available to the public.

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FAQs About Essential Tremor

What is Essential Tremor?

Essential Tremor is a common movement disorder characterized by rhythmic shaking, or tremors, that occur in the hands, arms, head, vocal cords, torso, or legs.

What causes Essential Tremor?

The exact cause of Essential Tremor is unknown, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Can Essential Tremor progress to other conditions?

In some cases, Essential Tremor can progress to other conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or dystonia. However, this is relatively uncommon and most people with Essential Tremor will not develop these conditions.

Is surgery a treatment option for Essential Tremor?

Surgery, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), is a treatment option for some people with Essential Tremor who do not respond to medications or cannot tolerate the side effects of medications.

What are the side effects of Essential Tremor medications?

Common side effects of Essential Tremor medications can include dizziness, drowsiness, and dry mouth. Some medications, such as beta-blockers, can also affect heart rate and blood pressure.

How quickly can we get an MRI, blood test, and other testing for Essential Tremors done?

We carry out tests within two days of them being requested, and we will get the results back within 48 hours.

What does the consultation entail?

During a consultation, we will carry out an assessment and go through your medical history with a view to getting a diagnosis. From there, you will receive a full consultation report and essential tremor treatment plan.

How quickly can I be seen?

Where possible, we aim to see patients the same day to assess their Essential Tremor symptoms. We wil respond to your request within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends).

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