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Skinny jeans pose health risk

June 28, 2015 2:02 am

Skinny jeans are a fashion trend the world over – but did you know that there are serious health risks involved?

A thirty five year old Australian woman was recently admitted to hospital with significant damage to her muscle and nerve fibers – caused by skinny jeans.

Orthopedic Specialist Dr. Eddie McCaig says denim can be very unforgiving.

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“In the limbs, you have what called compartments which is surrounded by fibrous tissue and within it you’ve got muscle and nerves and arteries etc. Now if you wear a tight pair of jeans which is usually made of denim – which is unforgiving – when the person walks around, the compartment swells because the muscles are being used. People can get what’s called compartment syndrome.”

That’s not to say that everyone wearing skinny jeans will suffer nerve damage – but with prolonged use there can be health complications.

Doctors overseas are calling it a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans.

Dr Eddie McCaigsays there can also long term effects – muscles can lose blood supply and lead to fibrosis.

He says people should limit their use of skinny jeans to avoid any complications.

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