Wallets, cell phones and credit cards in the back pocket
Sitting with your wallet in your back pocket, especially for long periods of time, can irritate your piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve runs under this muscle, which can be pressurized by your wallet. In this case, the sciatic nerve can also come under pressure. In 1978, Dr. Elmar Lutz two case studies on this phenomenon and called it “Credit Card – Wallet Sciatica”. Wallet sciatica is also known as back pocket sciatica.
In the 21st century, there is a new potential irritant for the causes of sciatica in the back pocket – the cell phone.
Orly Avitzur, MD specializes in neurology. An article for Consumer Reports titled “Cell Phone Sciatica Is A Pain In The Butt,” states, “Cell phone sciatica may now join several related nerve compression syndromes, including wallet sciatica, credit card sciatica, and back pocket sciatica. ”
“Pressing a hard object against the buttocks, the home of the sciatic nerve, is a bad idea,” she adds.