Back pain can be brought on by some rather large and obvious reasons, like an injury or bad posture. Surprisingly, however, the cause can also be as small as your wallet.
If you're constantly keeping a big fat wad of cash and credit cards in your back pocket, sitting down on that wallet can stress your hip joint and lower back, Stuart McGill, a professor of biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, told Men's Health.
This is because sitting on your wallet, McGill added, puts pressure on your sciatica nerve, which can result in an intense pain that radiates in your back all the way down your leg. It can also throw your spine off balance, which could be the reason why your back aches.
The easiest way to make sure your wallet doesn't lead to this type of discomfort is to take it out of your pocket whenever you sit down – even the front one, according to McGill. There, it can create pain between your thigh and torso.
However, many of us have a hard time remembering to remove our wallets when we sit down. Here are some ways to break this pain-causing habit, as outlined by Spine-Health:
- Use a smaller wallet. If it's slimmer, it won't throw your spine off as much.
- Attach your keys. As as soon as you feel your keys poke at you, you'll remember to take your wallet out.
- Get rid of your wallet. Try a money clip or go completely digital and make all your payments with a mobile device.
If you're suffering from back pain from sitting on your wallet, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.