Parkinson’s tremor


If you experience Parkinson’s tremors, HCA UK has the expertise and facilities to help

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About Parkinson's tremor

If you have Parkinson’s disease you will usually experience a tremor or uncontrollable movement where parts of the body shake involuntarily. This often occurs in your hands.

Need to know

A tremor is a common characteristic of Parkinson’s disease and can manifest itself in two ways:
  • A resting tremor occurs when the body and limbs are still and relaxed. One of the most typical forms of this tremor is known as ‘pill-rolling’, as your hands might look as if they are rolling a tiny object between thumb and index finger.
  • An action tremor occurs when you are trying to take a sip from a cup, or to grasp something.

Parkinson’s tremors typically start in the hand before reaching other parts of the arm.
There are no tests to conclusively diagnose Parkinson’s disease.

Before making a diagnosis, your consultant will ask you to undertake some simple physical tasks and exercises. They will also ask you questions about your medical history. You might also have a brain scan to rule out other conditions.
Your consultant will talk you through the most suitable treatment options, which might include:
  • introducing medication such as levodopa.
  • physiotherapy
  • taking exercise or complementary therapies to alleviate stress
  • deep brain stimulation (DBS), a form of surgery which involves passing small electrical currents through a device called a neurostimulator to electrodes implanted in the brain.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.