Are Skinny Jeans Bad For You?

A study recently released by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry released a study on a woman who developed compartment syndrome, caused by bleeding or swelling within muscles which can be caused by external compression, AKA skinny jeans. Recognised causes include prolonged squatting.

The 35 year old women in question had been helping a family member move house all day. This involved squatting at cupboards. She recalled that her jeans had “felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable during the day.”

When she was admitted to hospital the only way the jeans could be removed was by cutting them off due to swelling.

That evening while walking home through the park she started to stumble and got numb legs and eventually fell over, unable to move. She lay there for several hours before being found and taken to hospital.

When she was admitted to hospital the only way the jeans could be removed was by cutting them off due to swelling.

She was discharged from hospital for 4 days later and was able to walk unassisted just fine.

This case represented the first of its kind, and isn’t a common occurrence at all. Most common side effects of wearing constrictive clothing is meralgia paresthetica a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in your outer thigh.

Talking to the BBC general practitioner Dr Sarah Jarvis said it’s important not to overstate the risks as the Australian case was a “perfect storm” for compartment syndrome to develop.

Be smart, if you’re going to the gym don’t take skinny jeans.


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