The Benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation
to Treat Essential Tremor
If you have been diagnosed with essential tremor (ET), everyday activities that you used to take for granted may now seem impossible. Once simple tasks like getting dressed in the morning or pouring a cup of coffee can be difficult to accomplish, leaving you feeling defeated and frustrated.
ET is a progressive neurological disorder, characterized by involuntary shaking – or tremors – of the hands or other body parts. The tremors most often occur when the affected muscles are in use. The signs and symptoms of ET begin gradually over time and usually are more prominent on one side of the body.
While ET is not life-threatening, it is not a normal part of aging and it can dramatically impact your quality of life. The good news is that there are several options for treatment, including medications, therapy, and surgical intervention.
The most effective treatment for ET, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, using a neurostimulation device — similar to a heart pacemaker — to deliver electrical pulses to the specific place in the brain that coordinates and controls muscle activity. Often resulting in an 80 percent decrease in tremor, improvements caused by DBS can last for several years.