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
Your response should be 200 words.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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
The test should be taken as follows: