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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sitting with your Wallet on your back can cause Piriformis Syndrome

Ever thought that sitting on a bench with your wallet in your back pockets would do harm to your spine?!?!........Yes it does!.....Read on,

Most guys carry that half inch or so leather padding in their hip pocket all the time.   Obviously, with a wallet tucked between your cheek and your chair, you’ve created an unlevelled surface.  After all, this matter of fact is not a rocket science, but a common sense.  This is something which we are not focusing in our daily life but can produce multiple problems in spine especially for those who have long sitting hours.  Your wallet can be real pain for your back and the waist, and it can lead to shooting pains down the legs.  Sitting on a wallet for prolonged hours every day can compress sciatic nerve which passes beneath piriformis muscle and leads to piriformis syndrome.

Piriformis Syndrome: A neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve (the largest and widest single nerve in the human body that begins in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the lower limb) is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg.  The syndrome may be due to anatomical variations in the muscle-nerve relationship, or from overuse or strain. [Source: Wikipedia]

The wallet acts as a wedge that forces the pelvis, spine and body out of alignment.   Anyone who drives more than a half hour sitting on a wallet is a candidate for sciatica or back pain.  The risk in this case is not a life-threatening one. But you probably are increasing your chances of having a bad back, or making a bad back even worse.  The healthiest option is to move the wallet to your front pocket.  If it’s must to keep your wallet in your back pocket, you should remove it before you sit (Not only wallet, but don’t sit with anything in your back pocket).


  1. So after doing some research into my condition (shooting pain in left leg since June 2011), I was led to sciatica and then piriformis syndrome.

    While trying to work out the cause, I realised that for the last few years I've kept my keys in my left back pocket (the affected side). I'm almost certain this has caused it now!

    Thanks for the article :)

  2. You're welcome mate; Be warned, from now on! before placing something on your pockets!...... :)