Those tight and trendy low-cut hip-huggers you're wearing could be dangerous.
A Canadian doctor has warned that the popular women's jeans can squeeze a sensory nerve under the hipbone and cause a tingling or burning sensation in the thighs called "paresthesia."
Dr. Malvinder Parmar of Timmins, Ontario, who has treated the irritating condition, says it's not life-threatening.
But he wants to raise public awareness about the low-rise jeans, which typically hang from the hips instead of the waist.
Parmar presented a report to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, urging hipsters to return to the more traditional waist-cut jeans -- or preferably to loose-fitting dresses.
In his article "Hiphuggers and Tingly Thighs," Dr. Parmar says he recently treated three mildly obese young women between the ages of 22 and 35 who had been wearing the "low-rise" pants for a period of six to eight months.
All had "symptoms of tingling or a burning sensation . . . and mild local tenderness," he wrote.
"In all three patients, the symptoms resolved after four to six weeks of avoiding hip-huggers and wearing loose-fitting dresses," Parmar said, adding that he had also detected paresthesia in patients carrying "various garments and accessories [such as wallets and tight jeans.]"
"Now that hip-huggers are back in fashion," Parmar wrote, "physicians can expect to see more patients with tingly thighs."
A staff member at the Timmins & District Hospital, where Parmar is medical director, said the internist had recently examined a number of uncomfortable hipsters.
‘We've seen quite a few patients," said Doris Laterno. "There's a lot of low-cut jeans here, of course. The style is all over."
Retailers immediately jumped to the defense of the low-cut bum-wrappers.
"They've got to be pretty tight to pinch a nerve," said Michelle Hachey, an assistant manager at Jean Outlet.