A heavy handbag may look good slung over your shoulder, but have you ever considered what all that excess weight is doing to your muscles?
It is not uncommon for some of these bags to approach 15 to 20 pounds.
Doctors say lugging around an over-sized purse can throw your spine out of alignment.
You can get chronic spasms that can result in neck and shoulder pain but also headaches.
It’s not just women who are feeling the pain.
Men are prone to something called wallet sciatica -- affecting the lower back and spine.
Experts suggest taking a load off -- literally -- and emptying out your purse or wallet at least once a week.
If that doesn't relieve the excess strain, try carrying a backpack to more evenly distribute the load.