Big Purses May Cause Back Strain

Oversized bags are all the rage.

But when is big too big?

Doctors say women are suffering neck and shoulder pain, headaches and even numbness all because of huge, heavy hand-bags.

Dr. Michael Mindardo, Chiropractor says, "every day multiple patients per day with the same type of complaint. Big bag, big pain." He says more and more of his female patients have the same problem.

"You tend to lift that shoulder up to stop the bag from sliding off your shoulder and that'll cause tension into your neck and the back of your head, which can cause a headache, neck stiffness or the compression here can affect the nerves that run down your arm that cause tingling and numbness in your fingers." Some women wear the big bags for style. But just about everyone would agree they're functional. We need all the stuff that's stuffed inside.

"I'm a mom on the go. A working mom as well so it's hard to say. I try to lighten it a little bit . But if you go to the gym you have stuff with you," patient, Gina Fore explains.

Melissa Foss at Life and Style Magazine showed us some of the worst offenders.

One was a Beyonce designed bag by House of Derone. "The hardware on this one for example weighs, you can feel it, it weighs maybe a pound itself,” Melissa says.

The Club Monaco bag is big, but knit and light.

Trends come in smaller sizes too.

We even fit a pair of shoes in this Cuba midsized bag.

There is celebrity favorite, the Fendi Spy Bag. "This one is light as air," Melissa tells us.

But be warned light as air will cost you $2,000.00

Dr. Minardo says there are ways to lose the pain and keep the style.

First take some stuff out of your bag.

Try to switch shoulders, so you do not burden one side.

Redistribute the weight.

Try a bag that can be hand held or a messenger style bag with a strap that wraps around your chest.

Finally, work out.

Build those shoulder muscles strong enough to take on a bag as big as you desire.

If you have not fallen for the big bag trend, do not go out and buy one just yet.

Fashion experts say for spring, the popular purses will be a lot smaller and toned down.


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