Maryland’s Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Fall 2017 - 10

SPOTLIGHT:

For Baltimore's John
Crowe, an improved golf
game is just one of the
many benefits of his
successful treatment for
essential tremor.

G

olf is a favorite pasttime for John Crowe.
But a tremor that

made his hands shake wildly
made it difficult on the green.
"Putting could be the
worst," says Crowe, 78,
who received a diagnosis
of essential tremor almost
50 years ago. "I had to get
the heaviest putter I could
and then hope the ball
would make it in the hole."
While not as well known as
Parkinson's disease, essential
tremor is the most common
movement disorder, affecting an estimated 10 million
Americans. It's thought to be
a hereditary nerve disorder
that originates in the thalamus area of the brain, often
causing uncontrollable shaking in the arms and hands.
"Some people can't even
drink a glass of water without holding it in two hands,"
explains Howard Eisenberg,

STEADY
HANDS
AT LAST
FOR DECADES, JOHN CROWE ENDURED NEAR-CONSTANT
SHAKING OF HIS HANDS DUE TO ESSENTIAL TREMOR-
A COMMON MOVEMENT DISORDER THAT AFFECTS AN
ESTIMATED 10 MILLION AMERICANS. BUT AFTER UNDERGOING
A NEW, NONSURGICAL PROCEDURE AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER, HIS TREMOR IS GONE.
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MD, a professor and the chair
of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of
Maryland School of Medicine
and a neurosurgeon at the
University of Maryland Medical Center. "Essential tremor
can absolutely impact someone's life, and it can even
be devastating. Imagine not
being able to use a spoon or
even type on a smartphone."
But today, Crowe's hands
no longer shake. He received
a new, noninvasive treatment
called MRI-guided focused
ultrasound (FUS) at the University of Maryland Medical



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