Parkinson’s tremor

Tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease

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

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

  • Symptoms of Parkinson's tremor icon plus

    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.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    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.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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.
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