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Wallet Sciatica: Sitting on a Wallet Can Cause Lower Back Pain and Sciatica

Wallet Sciatica

Check Your Pockets For Wallet Sciatica

Ever heard someone complain of wallet sciatica pain in their bum? Have you ever considered your lower back ache or sciatica symptoms may be caused by your habit of putting your wallet in your back pocket. Personally, it is a habit I have never considered, but for many men I do see that they carry their wallets in the back of their trousers.

Wallet sciatica is also sometimes referred to as hip-pocket syndromewallet neuritis, wallet neuropathy, fat wallet syndrome or credit carditis. At the end of the day it really is a lower back problem called piriformis syndrome.

I will explain below how you can get rid of this type of pain with two cool piriformis stretches.

What’s in Your Wallet

I know a few male patients who have, somehow, learnt the habit of just carrying their wallets in their back pockets. Yes some of these wallets are so fat I wonder how much they could weigh. You should just see what some people keep in their wallets and purses.

This picture of a fat wallet is a classic example of what I have seen. A wallet stuffed with old paper receipts, too many credit/debit or store cards, coins and notes.

Piriformis Syndrome Cause

Fat Wallet

Then you get comedy examples like George from the sitcom Seinfeld with his exploding wallet.

It is said that carrying your wallet in your back pocket is not good for the health of your lower back and spinal alignment. When we sit on our bum bone (iliac tuberosity) we should be even not lob sided by this mass in our jeans pocket. This can cause chronic sciatic nerve damage causing symptoms of sciatica.

How To Treat Piriformis Syndrome

You can watch the “hip pocket syndrome video” below by Austin, Texas chiropractor Jeff Echols. Jeff will show you how keeping a wallet in the back pocket of your jeans or trousers can ultimately put pressure on your sciatic nerve. This in turn could be contributing to the cause of your back pains or that ache in the back of your thigh from sciatica. Jeff also mentions one possible solution as to why maybe men should consider using a money clip instead of a wallet.

A simple sciatica cure could be getting rid of a bad habit by moving your wallet from your rear pocket to your front pocket.

I also have written about some basic tips on how to stretch some of the bum muscles affected from having tight muscles around your hip and lower back area. I would suggest looking at the Figure Four piriformis stretch to start then how to move better with the Hip Hinge exercise.

Who would have thought that your credit status could be such a pain in the bum, literally.

Maybe it is time to consider really as Capital One credit cards say “What’s in your Wallet” and is it good for your spinal health.

Do you think you are suffering from this problem of wallet sciatica or piriformis syndrome? Is your wallet too thick?

  • Hay Arnold I didn’t know that, good old George 🙂 It should help not sitting on a thick fat wallet. Let me know how it goes with the changes.

  • Arnold

    Well this could very well be my problem, I call it the “Castanza” wallet syndrome named after the famous episode on the Seinfield show where George’s wallet pops open and he loses all his coupons. Over the past year I have added so many cards and clippings that I never realized how fat the wallet was getting. i am trying your suggestion and carry a few cards and a money clip in front pocket…Arnold

  • Mayo

    I have this problem really badly now. Pain radiates down to my leg and hurts a lot. Its been almost a month now since it started. And even with the pain, I still sat on my fat wallet. Glad I am able to find this post and hopefully, the pain’ll go after a short time

  • Gayle Judson

    This was something my chiropractor said he is constantly telling his chiropractic patients.

  • spicymikee

    I had sciatica pain going down the back of my right leg —read on internet that wallet could be the problem—start puting wallet in left rear pocket ****NO MORE PAIN****

  • That is a crazy size wallet! I don’t know how someone could find it comfortable to sit on a stuffed wallet. It must be noticeable how it makes you lean over. Thanks for the wallet picture it is a good example of how a wallet in your back pocket can cause back pain.

  • Hay George. Wow that is a long time to carry your wallet in your back pocket. You may have a problem called piriformis syndrome from tightness in the buttock’s muscle. One thing to try start if you haven’t already is the Figure of Four stretch. With pain going down your leg to your calf there is some sciatica problems which may need a closer look by healthcare professional to rule out a spinal cause of the pain. Let me know how it goes.

  • Thanks Doc. I agree! Check out the pic on my blog, will boggle your mind!! Thanks for the posts!

  • Galiatsos

    Thanks Doc for the informative video. I have just suffered what you mentioned after carrying my wallet in my left back pocket for the last 30 years!!!!! I couldn’t believe that a wallet could cause so much pain !!!!
    It’s been 2 months now but I can still feel pain in my left buttock when I stand up after sitting down or when I get out of bed in the morning.What can I do?? Can you suggest anything to relieve the pain??? The pain goes all the way down my left leg to the lower part of the calf. Thanking you in advance…George from Athens, Greece.

  • chicago chiropractor

    This was a great article. Can I get wallet sciatica from wrong foods, the wrong exercises, even the wrong sitting position? Can can take control of your sciatic nerve pain? thanks ..

  • Chiropractor Buford

    Chiropractic care is generally safe if it can be applied skillfully and appropriately. I have to like this natural method because it has no side effect as traditional treatment methods.