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
Your response should be 200 words.
Definition of carpal tunnel is the space in the wrist where nerves and tendons pass from the forearm into
the hand. (Stack, Ostrom, Wilhelmsen,2016) Carpel tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder
affects the wrists. This typically develops when the median nerve is continuously compressed and
squeeze at the wrist. The median nerve runs from the wrist to the thumb and first three fingers (Stack,
Ostrom, Wilhelmsen,2016) This never is a signal carrier to and from the hand (Stack, Ostrom,
Wilhelmsen,2016) Due to the placement of the median nerve it is very easy to strain or damage this
nerve. If the median nerve does become damaged the affected person may experience loss of strength
and feeling in his/her hands.
There is not much to be done in the way of treatment. Tendons require time to recover. For prevention I
recommend padded gloves, and rotation of duties. If financially possible I recommend the use of tools
with low vibration.
Modified Allen’s test: hold the ulnar and radial artery just above the wrist of the person to be tested. Ask
the person to open and close his fits rapidly for about 45 seconds or until balancing becomes obvious.