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22 TUESDAY, JUNE 9- THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015 HEALTH & FITNESS cape Gazette O : Q. I heard that Botox can help if you have shaky hands. Is that true? KNEE & HIP ARTHRITIS FORUM with special focus-on ANTERIOR HIP REPLACEMENT Shaky hands', is a symp- tom of "essential tremor," which is the most common movement disorder. The medi- cal community calls it "essen- tial," because it isn't linked to diseases. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections, popular for ironing wrinkles, is used to treat muscle spasms and tremors caused by diseases such as mul- tiple sclerosis, and neurological conditions such as muscle spasms of the neck, shoulders and face. And, yes, it's true that Botox is used to treat hand tremors. Injections can bring relief for up to three months. However, ifBotox is used to treat hand tremors, it can cause weakness in your fingers. Essential tremor is often con- fused With Parkinson's disease. Unlike Parkinson's disease, however, ET doesn't lead to se- rious complications. Parkinson's is associated with a stooped posture, slow movement, a shuf- fling gait and other difficulties. Not all tremors are ET. There are more than 20 kinds of tremors. For instance, excessive caffeine, alcohol withdrawal, problems with thyroid or cop- per metabolism or the use of certain medications may cause tremor. A genetic mutation is re- sponsible for about half of all cases of ET. The only other known risk factor is older age. Although ET can affect people of all ages, it usually appears in middle age or later. Men and women are affected equally. Abnormal communication within the brain causes ET. There is no cure yet for this disorder. Tremor is an involuntary movement of one or more parts of the body. Most tremors occur in the hands. Tremors can also show up in the arms, head, face, vocal cords,trunk and legs. Victims of tremors usually get them when they make a delicate movement such as writing with a pen or tying shoelaces. Trem- ors usually disappear when a person is resting. Some people have relatively mild tremors throughout their lives, but others develop more severe tremors and increased disability. Most people with ET don't need treatment. The effects of the condition can be eased by avoiding what aggravates the problem - lack of sufficient sleep, anxiety, stimulants such as caffeine and temperature extremes. Drinking alcohol can calm tremors for up to an hour after consumption. However, tremors tend to worsen when the alco- : MS SHORE GROUP FUNDRAISER HELD AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS National Multiple Scl~r~S Society SUBMITTED PHOTO MEMBERS OF THE MS SHORE GROUP helped out at a fundraiser April 29 at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in the Lighthouse Plaza. The purpose of the event was to help increase funds for the MS walk team Zoom-Zooms, that is scheduled to participate in the annual MS Walk at 5 p.m., Friday; May 29, at Baywood Greens. The goal of the walk is to help create funds to support research that in the future will find a cure for MS. Shown are (I-r) Cindy Hall, Marty McLaren, Joann Dunkes, Jamie Col- vett and Mike Dunkes. For more information about the group, contact ' Co~ettat 302-684~4513~ - ~ ..... hol wears off. Physical therapy and exercise can develop more stability in hands that shake. And there are other medica- tions besides Botox that can bring relief. These include beta blockers normally used to treat high blood pressure. anti-seizure medications and tranquilizers. If tremors are severe and drugs don't help, there are sur- gical procedures available. If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@healthygeezer.corn i~ Join us as Dr. Trinity Pilkington, an experienced orthopaedic surgeon who has performed more than 500 anterior hip procedures, talks about how he helps people suffering from joint pain get back to their active lives sooner. Learn how his five years of expenence can benefit you right here, closeto home, at his new office in Lewes. Learn about the latest treatments Hear patient testimonials. See advanced implant models June 24 from 5 - 7 p.m. Lewes Public Library Meeting Room Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to Julie or call 302-674-3970 ext. 7920. Medical Group