Mayo Clinic doctors trained in nervous system conditions (neurologists) and other specialties diagnose and treat essential tremor.
Essential tremor occasionally may be difficult to diagnose because it has symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders. Doctors trained in movement disorders have experience diagnosing essential tremor.
To diagnose essential tremor, your doctor will review your symptoms, your medical history (including medications) and your family medical history. Your doctor will conduct a physical and neurological examination. In the neurological examination, your doctor will check your nerve function, movement (motor) and sensory skills. Your doctor may order tests to rule out other conditions.
Tests may include:
Brain imaging tests often are unnecessary to diagnose essential tremor, but in certain cases your doctor may order them.