Tremor

Norton Children’s board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologists are the leading providers of tremor care in children from Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana.

Norton Children’s Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Our physicians are training the next generation of pediatric specialists.

We’ll determine the severity of your child’s tremors and create a treatment plan that minimizes risk so your child can get back to being a kid again.

What Are Tremors?

Tremors are involuntary, abnormal movements involving one or more body parts. They are described as somewhat rhythmic. They can be very prominent or very subtle, occurring all of the time or just during certain times.

A tremor can happen at any age but is much more common in adults. Tremors can be quite debilitating and make performing everyday tasks difficult.

Tremors can occur on their own or be related to other neurological disorders, such as stroke, trauma or multiple sclerosis. Some medications also can cause tremors.

Diagnosing Tremors

Our team can diagnose tremors based on a neurological exam and assessment of abnormal movements. Tremors are classified into different types based on their characteristics. Blood tests and brain imaging (MRI) can help evaluate for other causes of tremors.

Tremor Treatment

Our team may treat your child’s tremors based on the type he or she has. Some medications may help one type of tremor but not another type.

In severe cases, our team may recommend a surgical procedure, such as placing a deep brain stimulator in the brain.

Norton Children’s physical and occupational therapists can help your child find ways to perform daily tasks and cope with living with tremors. Our team members also can help eliminate any medications or substances that may worsen your child’s tremors.

Why Norton Children’s Neurosciences?

  • The Norton Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is a Level 4 epilepsy center, the highest rating available from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Norton Children’s Hospital has held this designation since 2013.
  • We are the first in Kentucky and among first in the nation to use neurostimulation in a pediatric patient.
  • Regional neurology care is available for children across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. We travel to clinics in Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Corbin, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah, Kentucky; and Evansville, Indiana. We also perform a number of telemedicine visits each week.
  • The specialists with Norton Children’s Neurosciences use state-of-the-art technology to treat epilepsy, uncontrollable seizures and deep brain tumors in children who in the past would not be candidates for surgery, including:
    • Visualase: Technology that allows neurosurgeons to perform MRI-guided laser ablation surgery. Fewer than two dozen pediatric hospitals in the U.S. offer this technology.
    • Surgical Theater: Virtual reality (VR) technology that creates an immersive 3D view of a patient’s brain, allowing neurosurgeons, the patient and family to see inside the skull and brain to get a greater understanding of the condition and impact of potential procedures. Norton Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in the region to use this technology.
  • Dedicated multidisciplinary clinics for brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, spina bifida, craniofacial injuries and disorders, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, spasticity, headache/migraine, autism and neurocutaneous disorders.
  • Our multidisciplinary craniofacial program was the first established in the Midwest.
  • We offer a neurogenetics clinic to evaluate and treat children with neurogenetic syndromes.
  • We have a neuropsychology program that specializes in the evaluation of children and teens with a variety of neurological, neurodevelopmental and medical conditions, including brain tumors and epilepsy.
  • Outpatient neurology facilities in downtown Louisville are equipped with in-office electroencephalography (EEG) capabilities and laboratory services in the same building, creating a streamlined, family-centered environment.
  • We offer the region’s first clinic to treat children with immune-mediated neurologic disorders.
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