Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder, affecting as many as 5 percent of people over 65—although it can also be found in younger individuals as well. Those with tremors can feel as though they’ve lost autonomy, as it becomes difficult to complete basic, everyday tasks such as drinking water or signing their name. Luckily, tremor treatment is available to help these patients regain control over their hands—and their lives. The Essential Tremor Education Center would like to share some examples of reduced tremors after treatment.
The followingimages are all from patients treated by our alliance members and are examples of how much treatment could relieve an essential tremor. While there are several treatment options available, including deep brain stimulation and gamma knife, these specific images are from patients who have undergone Neuravive. This procedure uses focused ultrasound waves to lesion the affected area of the brain without surgery.
As you can see, before receiving treatment, patients had difficulty doing two tasks: drawing a steady spiral and a straight line. The severity of the tremor is judged on a level of 0-4, with 0 being normal and 4 being unable to complete the task. While each patient has a different level of severity, the tremor is very clearly present in all cases.
After treatment, however, there is a noticeable difference in every patient—even in those who were originally unable to complete the task. Tremors for each patient are greatly reduced, and they can now draw spirals and straight lines with minimal signs of shaking hands. Imagine how this steadiness continues into other sections of their lives. With the ability to draw a spiral that steady, signing your name becomes a lot less intimidating.
Are you or a loved one struggling with essential tremor? Learn more about tremor treatments that, as you can see, offer symptomatic relief. You can talk to our educators at the Essential Tremor Education Center by calling 844-NO-TREMOR today.