Back pain whilst sitting: Is your wallet the problem?
Poor posture whilst sat down is a common issue- contributing to pain and problems. We often see people getting in and out of cars or sat in clinic with wallets in their back pocket. This is an oft-overlooked cause of low back pain.If you’re sat on a pile of cash, cards and coins, this can stress your hip joint and lower back. The problem can also affect the sciatic nerve, which is right behind your hip joint. The wallet puts pressure over the piriformis muscle which in turn irritates the sciatic nerve between the wallet and the hip itself. The pain can start in your hip and radiate all the way down your leg.
Sitting upright without any additional weight on you will place 140 kg of pressure on the lumbar discs. Leaning forward from this position then raises the pressure to 185 kg. Sitting with one hip elevated creates an imbalance in your spine. This puts stress on the lumbar discs near your sciatic nerve roots. Transmitting forces unevenly through the spine can cause pain and muscle imbalance.
The best suggestion: Take your wallet out of your pocket when you’re sat down and store it somewhere safe instead.
Alternatively, consider investing in a slim wallet that carries only the essentials. You may also find a money clip useful instead of using a heavy wallet.