Wearing skinny jeans and other restrictive, tight clothing might seem like the more fashion-friendly choice, but it may come with a hefty price tag – for your health.
It may sound silly, but ‘Skinny Pant Syndrome’ really is a thing, and due to the popularity of tight “skinny” jeans, it‘s becoming more prevalent than ever before. So, what is this condition, and what can you do to protect yourself from it?
What is “Skinny Pant Syndrome”?
Skinny Pant Syndrome, officially called Meralgia Paresthetica, is a very real medical condition that causes numbness and pain in the outer thigh that occurs as the result of nerve injury rather than injury to the thigh. The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which is located on the front of the thigh, is the nerve that is injured in cases of Skinny Pant Syndrome.
- Patients who suffer from this condition typically experience:
- Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in the outside of the thigh
- Increased tenderness to the light touch on the outside of the thigh
- Pain when lying on the involved side
- Increased sensitivity to extremes in air or water temperature
- Increased sensitivity to different textures of clothing.
- Pain is often worse with standing or walking, and decreases with sitting.
How is it Treated?
Fortunately, skinny pant syndrome is usually easy to cure. First and foremost, if you are experiencing pain, numbness or tingling in the outer thigh, stop wearing tight belts and pants immediately, and switch to something with a bit more room
If the pain still persists, visit a Physiotherapist for detailed assessment and effective treatment.
How can a Physiotherapist help?
You and your physiotherapist will work together to develop a plan to help achieve your specific goals. To do so, your physiotherapist will select treatment strategies in any or all of the following areas:
- Pain Relief. Many pain-relief strategies may be implemented. Desensitization strategies, using items of various textures and temperatures, are used to decrease your leg’s extreme sensitivity. Your physiotherapist may prescribe a decrease in or avoidance of certain activities, or a change in clothing. Your physiotherapist also may apply therapeutic tape to the affected area to help relieve your symptoms.
- The range of Motion. Your back, hip joint, or surrounding muscles may be moving improperly, causing increased compression on the nerve. Your physiotherapist may teach you self-stretching techniques to decrease tension and help restore normal motion in the back, hip, and leg.
- Manual Therapy. Your physiotherapist may apply hands-on treatments to gently move your muscles and joints to improve their motion and strength, most likely in your back or hip. These techniques often address areas that are difficult to treat on your own
- Muscle Strength. Based on your specific condition, your physiotherapist will design a safe, individualized, progressive resistance program for you, likely including your core and lower extremity.
- Functional Training. Often with this condition, symptoms are caused or made worse by any repetitive movements required in your daily or work activities. Based on your own unique movement assessment and goals, your physiotherapist will create a series of activities to help you learn how to use and move your body more correctly and safely.
- Patient Education. Your physiotherapist will work with you to identify and change external factors causing your pain or discomfort. Your physical therapist will assess you and recommend safety improvements or alternatives. Suggested: Your physical therapist will work with you to identify and change external factors causing your pain or discomfort and make recommended safety improvements or alternatives.
Dr. Mansi Parikh,
Co-Founder EndoRush App