Treatment Options for Essential Tremor

Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy is an adjustable, reversible treatment option for essential tremor. DBS Therapy may give you greater control over your movement, making everyday activities easier.

Although there is no cure for essential tremor, Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy is safe and effective when used for appropriate patients, and has been proven to reduce tremors associated with essential tremor.1

Drug Therapies

Most people with essential tremor benefit from drug therapy. The approach to the treatment needs to be balanced, taking into account the person's health history, response to previous treatment, other medical conditions, and other factors. The initiation of drug treatment is based on the evaluation of the benefits and side effects of particular medications.2


Thalamotomy is a brain surgery that involves making a lesion (controlled destruction of brain tissue) in the area of the brain that produces tremors. Thalamotomy has been shown to effectively reduce tremor in some people. The potential complications may include problems with speech, balance, and numbness.

Medtronic DBS Therapy for Essential Tremor Control

Medtronic DBS Therapy for Essential Tremor is a surgical treatment that has been proven to reduce the severity of the tremor in arms and hands associated with essential tremor.1

The treatment uses an implanted medical device, similar to a pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain. This stimulation blocks the brain signals that cause the symptoms of essential tremor.


  1. Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2009.
  2. Essential Tremor: Approaches to Treatment. We Move. www.wemove.org/et. Accessed September 26, 2011.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 17 Jan 2012

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