Do you carry your wallet in the “sucker pocket?” According to Judy Artunian of the Chicago Tribune, pickpockets call a man’s back pocket that because it’s the easiest pocket to pick, and the one most likely to contain his wallet. Fashion magazines also decry men putting their wallets in their back pockets because it doesn’t look good. And now, even a respected member of the Denver area medical scene. Dr Eipe Kuruvila, MD, also advises men not to keep their wallets in their back pockets. Why? Because sitting on your wallet is a common cause for chronic low back pain.
According to Dr. Kuruvila, sitting on your wallet sets off a kind of chain reaction of events with your spine that usually ends up badly. One common result is sciatic nerve pain. Often called Sciatica, this pain along the longest nerve in your body can keep you from working, and even off your feet for weeks.
If you already have low back pain, caused by sitting on your wallet, degenerative disc disease, sciatic nerve pain or sciatica, a herniated disc, or any other reason at all, it’s time to visit Dr. Kuruvila at the Denver Spine Institute, to learn about surgery-free, drug-free, and pain-free ways to eliminate your low back pain.
If you’re sitting on your wallet right now, move it to your front pocket or set it on your desk. You may upset a few pickpockets, but you’ll keep the fashion police happy, and maybe avoid having to visit the doctor.