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BOS 3701 Unit VI Assessment 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. Selected Answer: Carpal Tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. There is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand, this is called the carpal tunnel. (Mayoclinic, 2020). According to our text book, the wrist is surrounded by a band of ligament tissue that normally functions as a support for the joint and creates a capsule. (Stacks, 2016). Training and education of the hand helps us to understand why it is important to keep the wrist straight while performing job tasks. The median nerve lies right under the transverse ligament. This nerve can be compressed or strained easily because it right below a soft structure and is subject to direct pressure from contact stress and internal pressure from awkward postures. (Stacks, Ostrom, Wilhelmsen, 2016). The median nerve gives the thumb, index finger, long finger, and part of the ring finger sensation or the ability to feel. It also provides impulses to the muscle going to the thumb. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are found along the nerve path because of the compression of the median nerve. The hand may fall asleep or have numbness, tingling, and pain in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand. Other issues of CTS are burning sensation, tendinitis/tendon inflammation linked to a muscle/tendon, which is repeatedly tensed, moved, bent, vibrated, or in contact with a hard surface. (Stack, Ostrom, Wilhelmsen, 2016). Prevention tips and treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome begins by making lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk factors for developing CTS. The following are some methods to minimize CTS Reduce force and relax your grip. When using a keyboard or cash register hit the keys softly. Watch your form. Keep wrist straight. Avoid bending the wrist all the way up or down. Keep the keyboard at elbow height. Take short breaks frequently. During breaks gently stretch and bend hands and wrists periodically. Alternate job tasks when possible especially when using vibrating equipment. Improve posture. Incorrect posture rolls the shoulders forward, which can affect your wrists, fingers and hands, and cause neck pain. Keep your hands warm and use an ergonomically correct computer mouse.
A modified Allen test measures arterial competency, and should be performed before taking an arterial sample. The test should be taken as follows:
Using fingers apply occlusive pressure to both the ulnar and radial arteries, to obstruct blood flow to the hand.

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