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Explain carpal tunnel syndrome. What structures are involved, and what pathology exists here? Recommend prevention tips and treatments for this syndrome. Explain the modified Allen test and Tinsel’s signCarpal tunnel syndrome refers to a condition that occurs because of pressing or squeezingof the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most well-known nerve disorders because of its prevalence in the mid-1990’s when computers with mice were becoming common. (Stack, Ostrom, & Wilhelmsen, 2016) The carpal tunnel is composed of a narrow and rigid passageway comprised of bones and ligaments situated at the base of the hand. (Stack, Ostrom, & Wilhelmsen, 2016) The tunnel has both the median nerves and the tendons that enable the fingers to bend. The median nerves are responsible for the sense of touch and feeling on the fingers and have small muscles on the thumbs. Thickening of the lining of the tendons causes the tunnel to swell, resulting in the compression of the median nerves. As a result, the hand becomes numb, and sometimes pain can be experienced in the hand or the wrist. Some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel include frequent burning, itching, and numbness in the fingers and the palm of the hand. Some suffers say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. (Stack, Ostrom, & Wilhelmsen, 2016) The symptoms are prevalent at night as patients affected by this condition sleep with flexed wrists. Some of the recommended tips for this condition include stretching exercises, taking

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