When a Fat Wallet Is a Pain in the Butt

To prevent “fat wallet syndrome,” avoid tucking your wallet into a back pocket and sitting on it. The wallet can irritate the sciatic nerve in the buttock, either directly by putting pressure on the nerve or indirectly by irritating the piriformis muscle that the nerve runs immediately under. An irritated piriformis can tighten or spasm and […]

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