I’m not sure if anyone has noticed but I never wear jeans. Like never. I can’t. Sadly it wasn’t long ago that I had really hurt my knees which stemmed from a problem with my lower back. Ever since I’ve not been able to wear jeans. If I do, it’s only for an hour or so (and not skinny jeans). To fully understand why I don’t wear jeans, read on.
How It Started
At first, I thought I was getting fat and my jeans were too tight. I could fit into my jeans but whenever I was sitting and my knees were bent, even just slightly, they used to really hurt.
However, I then started to get knee pain when I was wearing leggings and when I was lunging in fitness classes.
It then started being not just pain but feeling as though blood was rushing down to my legs quickly. I’d get pins and needles as well which used to scare me as I thought I had a blood clot. (That’s rather dramatic Kate.)
Anyway, I ended up going to the physio to see what the problem was.
What The Physio Said
I explained all of my symptoms and that I’d experienced this for at least a few months or so. I had to lie down on my back on the bed and relax my body so I lay completely flat.
The physio held my ankles and moved them left then right before putting them back in the middle. This meant my feet were relaxed and in their “natural position”. From doing this, he could see that my right leg was a lot longer than my left.
It was because my lower back had twisted and moved out of place by around 1mm. This meant it was out of position by 2mm from my pelvis, 4mm from my hips and 8mm from my knees.
(Each joint you went passed basically doubled the number of millimetres that my back was out of position).
Although being out by only 8mm (almost 1cm) wasn’t much, it meant that I was walking, sitting, exercising and more, at a constant angle. The pressure kept grating on my knees and meant that when I was wearing jeans, they were being pushed into an uncomfortable position, trapping nerves and causing me pain. This explains the pins and needles.
How To Fix The Problem
To fix the problem the physio had to put my back in its original position. This was to be done by removing the knots from my back. However, it ended up getting quite complicated. The problem wasn’t simply fixed after this one session of removing the knots.
Unfortunately, it took a lot more than that and to this day I have to go for physio to try and re-align my back.
As a result, I still don’t wear jeans because although I might not always be in noticeable pain, once I’ve worn jeans for an hour or so, my knees start hurting, showing my back isn’t 100% mended.
That’s probably why I’m such a fan of wearing playsuits, leggings and dresses because I don’t have anything tight on my legs or knees.