Anyone who puts something bulky into the rear pocket of a pair of pants can develop a sciatica as a result of compression on the sciatic nerve while sitting.


Things that may trigger the compression:

(1) a wallet

(2) keys

(3) a cellphone

(4) a roll of paper money


Clinical features:

(1) onset of unilateral sciatic nerve pain

(2) occurs after sitting with something is in the rear pocket of a pair of pants

(3) disappearance of the sciatica once the practice is stopped


Risk factors:

(1) tight pants

(2) large, bulky item in the pocket

(3) hard seat

(4) prolonged sitting (driving a car on a trip, airplane travel, etc)


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