Essential Tremor: Can Botox Help?

Essential tremor isn’t usually dangerous, but it can still interfere pretty intensely with your life. The neurological disorder causes involuntary, rhythmic shaking in your hands or most any other body part. 

You might notice that your symptoms flare up when you’re attempting to do simple tasks, like tying your shoes, drinking from a glass, or shaving. 

Thankfully, numerous treatments are available to help manage and minimize essential tremor symptoms, including Botox® injections. While surgery can be helpful in some cases, many people appreciate that Botox injections are minimally invasive and take only minutes per treatment.

Our neurology experts at Michigan Neurology Associates in metro Detroit specialize in conditions that affect your nervous system, like essential tremor, providing treatments that can greatly improve your quality of life. 

Read on to learn more about this condition and the ways Botox can help.

Who develops essential tremor

Most anyone can develop essential tremor, but several factors increase your risk, such as:

If you have a parent with a genetic mutation associated with essential tremor, your risk of developing it yourself is about 50%.

How Botox can help essential tremor

If other treatments, such as beta blockers or anti-seizure medication, haven’t improved your essential tremor symptoms, we may recommend Botox injections. For this treatment, we inject a small amount of botulinum toxin into muscles in the affected area of your body. 

Within days of your treatment, the Botox starts to temporarily paralyze the muscle areas to reduce your tremor, with benefits lasting for about three months. At that point, if the treatment was helpful, you can schedule an additional session.

The needles used for Botox injections are tiny, and many of our patients tolerate the brief, pinch-like sensation well. We can also provide topical numbing ointment or ice beforehand for added comfort. 

Botox sessions take place in our office, with no required downtime for recovery and only minimal risk for side effects, such as temporary pain or swelling near the injection side.

If you’re struggling with essential tremor, getting support from a neurological expert is important, as the condition tends to worsen over time. We can also guide you through lifestyle changes that may help reduce your symptoms, such as better managing stress and anxiety.

Learn more about essential tremor treatment options or get the care you need at one of our

locations in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, or Utica, Michigan. Reach out to us at Michigan Neurology Associates today.

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