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Posted on 04-14-2014

Ok men---do you keep your wallet in your back pocket? Did you know that you might be causing your back pain?

When folded, a wallet can be as thick as a few inches, so when you put that wallet in your back pocket, then you sit on it, it will cause your hips to sit uneven.This might not become a problem if you only sit on it ever once in a while.

However, when you are constantly sitting with you hips uneven, this can cause many problems. First, this can cause a rotation in the vertebrae of the spine, called a "subluxation". This subluxation can then put pressure on the nerves in the low back, which can cause pain. Also, when unevenness in the pelvis and/or subluxation in the vertebrae occur, this can cause the muscles surrounding the spine to because spasmed and tight. These issues can not only cause pain, but it can also precipitate a condition called "sciatica". 

The sciatic nerve in the largest nerve in the body and it runs from the low back down to the legs. When this nerve becomes compressed--either through subluxation or muscle tightness-- it can cause pain and numbness/tingling down the legs. This is an extremely uncomfortable condition, and if left untreated, can lead to severe debilitation. 

So, men, stop putting that wallet in your back pocket. Either place it in a front shirt pocket, or opt for another way to carry your essentials, such as a built-in wallet on a cell phone case. 

Your back will thank you!

Dr. Heath Gallentine

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