Does computer work affect lymphedema?

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Question from Georgia: I use the computer for 99% of my work day. Will this affect my arm?
Answers - Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. It's sort of like using a computer and the development of carpal tunnel – some people will develop carpal tunnel but some people will not. Only time and trial and error will tell you if you're going to develop lymphedema in that situation. I think my only suggestion would be to make sure your work station is ergonometrically (physically safely) positioned – the seating and desktop area.
Nicole Stout Again, if you are someone who's been using their computer for 99% of your work day for years and years, your arm is probably in tune with that level of activity.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Preventing and Treating Arm Lymphedema featured Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.M.,Nicole Stout, M.P.T. C.L.T.-L.A.N.A., and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.S.C. answering your questions about ways to prevent and manage lymphedema.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2008.

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