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Loudoun Neurology Associates

Parminder Chawla, MD

Neurologist located in Lansdowne, VA

If you experience tremors, it’s easy to overreact and become fearful. Finding the right diagnosis is important. Tremors are an area of specialty for neurologist Parminder Chawla, MD, of Loudoun Neurology Associates in Leesburg, Virginia. Dr. Chawla has the expertise needed to get to the bottom of your tremors and create a customized care plan to address your specific needs. Book an appointment at the first signs of unprovoked tremor. Call Loudoun Neurology Associates, or request an appointment online today. 

Tremors Q & A

What are tremors?

Tremors describe involuntary, rhythmic muscle contractions. They commonly occur in the hands but they can also happen in your arms, vocal cords, head, torso, or legs.

You might only notice tremors from time to time, or the condition can be constant. It’s most common among older men and women but can develop at any time.

Tremors themselves are not life-threatening, but they can be inconvenient and embarrassing. They can also indicate a more serious medical condition.

What are some common causes of tremors?

Tremors occur due to issues with the portion of your brain that controls movement. Many types of tremors have no cause. Other types stem from a neurological condition or another issue, including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Alcohol abuse and withdrawal
  • Panic or anxiety disorder

Determining the cause of your tremors is the first step in creating a treatment plan.

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder affecting a specific portion of your brain known as the substantia nigra. This is the area of your brain that produces dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates your emotional responses and movement.

Complications from Parkinson’s disease are the 14th leading cause of death in America. There’s no cure, but treatment can slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop slowly. By the time you notice them, the disease may have already caused significant damage to the neurons in your substantia nigra. Symptoms include:

  • Tremor
  • Rigid limbs
  • Problems with balance and gait

Dr. Chawla completes a thorough neurological examination and assesses your symptoms to reach a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

How are tremors and Parkinson’s disease treated?

There are many medications that treat Parkinson’s and tremors. Most focus on addressing dopamine deficiencies brought on by Parkinson’s disease. Some drugs are taken orally, while others are available as infusions. Many of these medications are converted into dopamine, some mimic dopamine, and some prevent dopamine from breaking down. 

At Loudoun Neurology Associates, your treatment will likely include a combination of medications and lifestyle modifications that help relieve symptoms. These include dietary improvements, increased physical activity, yoga, and meditation.

There are also many support groups, both in person and online, to help you cope with Parkinson’s disease. These groups are a great source for tips and techniques for living with Parkinson’s. They can also be a good place to vent frustrations or express your emotional reaction to the disease.

If you’re concerned about tremors and looking for answers, schedule a consultation with Loudoun Neurology Associates by phone, or request an appointment online today.