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Fat Wallet Syndrome: A FOX28 Special Report

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Bi-folds, tri-folds, Velcro, duck tape; guys have plenty options when it comes to wallets, but Niles-based chiropractor Dr. Lloyd Redington says one option should never be keeping a fat wallet.  He says carrying one in your back pocket while you sit can cause leg, hip, and back pain, and degenerative changes over time.

David Hess, a patient of Dr. Redington's, says initially he had no clue what was causing his "burning muscle ache" feeling.

"Every time I sit in my truck I'm at an angle.  And it just starts a pain right in my lower hip and goes down through my leg."

Dr. Redington says in most cases taking your wallet out of your pocket before you sit is enough to take away the pain.  It worked for Hess. 

He says guys tend to be surprised that their little old wallet is what's causing them pain.

"'And then the light bulb clicks," says Dr. Redington, "and they realize 'Oh, that does make sense' because you don't have anything on the opposite side.  Why wouldn't it start to shift your anatomy over time?"

Dr. Redington says to play it safe, guys should thin out their wallet and carry it in their front pocket.  For those that may suffer from "fat wallet" syndrome, check out some stretches recommended by Dr. Redington in the video above.

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