Is Your Wallet Giving You Back Pain?

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Hi, Dr. Oz here with an important tip especially if you spend a lot of time in the car. Millions of guys drive with the wallet in their back pocket, but they can't figure out why they moan whenever they get out of the car. Turns out sitting on your wallet while you drive is a recipe for lower back pain and if you do it often enough, nerve pain that shoots down your leg. Riding with one cheek higher than the other can trigger chronic pain in your back, hips and shoulders. It can even set off a foot cramp. Sitting on your wallet throws off your alignment and compresses the sciatic nerve which runs from each side of the spine down through the back of each thigh to the foot.

A compressed sciatic nerve causes searing leg pain and numbness called sciatica. What's the fix? It's simple, get that wallet out of your back pocket. Next, do gentle stretching to restore alignment and relax tense muscles, then adjust your car seat, headrest, steering wheel and mirrors for maximum comfort and drive safely.

I'm Dr. Oz, for more strategies to live pain-free, watch all of our smart tips, right here.