Symptoms and Signs of Shaking Hands (Hand Tremors)

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Medically Reviewed on 7/2/2019

Doctor's Notes on Shaking Hands (Hand Tremors)

Hand tremors are non-intentional shaking movements of the hands. These may occur at rest or when one is trying to use or move the hands. Causes of hand tremors are varied, and numerous conditions can cause them. Possible causes include Parkinson disease, drugs or toxins including

In some cases, tremors can arise without an identifiable cause.

Signs and symptoms of hand tremors vary depending on the reason for the tremors and the underlying disease that causes them. Possible associated symptoms include

  • muscle spasm,
  • pain,
  • muscle stiffness,
  • slowed movements,
  • loss of dexterity,
  • seizures, and
  • muscle weakness.


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