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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 Tinel's sign . Your response should be 200 words . The human wrist is a complex and wonderfully designed part of the body. The wrist is a relatively small area of the body, but it contains a variety of muscle, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves and tendons all in a very compact area . Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) however, is a debilitating condition that cause pain and discomfort and affects the wrists and hands. There is a tight space through which the median nerve travels through the wrist referred to as the carpal tunnel. This nerve allows the the thumb and first three fingers to work properly. When this nerve is compromised through compression by the various structures in the area, the result can be tingling, loss of feeling and function in the hand (Stack, Ostrom, & Wilhelmsen, 2016 .( There are some methods for treatment if one is experiencing CTS. First the application of cold packs to the wrist will help reduce swelling. The use of anti-inflammatory drugs is also common along with using a splint to isolate movement in the hand and wrist if necessary . Prevention however, is the best treatment. First, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, one can reduce swelling in the body overall which helps keep the carpal tunnel clear. Next one should avoid sleeping with their hands in awkward positions overnight. Taking breaks from

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