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Back Pain: When Having a Fat Wallet isn't a Good Thing

Fact: A fat wallet in your back pocket can cause sciatica. Up to 85% of of Americans suffer from back pain at some time in their life. Sometimes you'll know exactly what's causing it – not lifting with your knees, being hunched over a desk, that pickup game of tackle football. Or, it could be a mysterious discomfort that you notice getting worse over time. For many men, a common cause is sitting on your wallet.

Carrying a wallet in your back pocket distorts your posture, causing your spine to be out of alignment. It also puts pressure on your piriformis muscle which aggravates the sciatic nerve and can lead to sciatica. Back pain caused by back-pocket wallets is so common it has nicknames – hip-pocket syndrome, wallet-neuropathy and wallet sciatica – all due to the hilariously real Costanza Wallet syndrome. But is it true, or is fat-wallet back pain just a myth? 

"You might not think of too much cash as a source of pain, but a fat wallet can trigger piriformis syndrome. The condition can affect men who wear their wallet in the back pocket of their pants. You can avoid this problem by keeping your wallet in a front pocket or jacket pocket." – WebMD

You heard the doctor: Keep your wallet out of your back pocket. And guys, did we mention, carrying a slim wallet in your front or jacket pocket is also better for your clothes and your style? Hold on, ladies, you're not off the hook: Heavy purses can cause back pain, too

With all this in mind, we've designed all our Wally pull-tab wallets to be as slim as possible and front-pocket ready. We've heard from Wally users from Alabama to Australia that Wally has helped them heal. And while we love having an excuse to treat ourselves to a massage, check out our Fat Wallet Fix: Top Tips to Carry Less and avoid this senseless back pain altogether. And next time, lift with your knees, please.

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