Orange County Low Back Pain Specialists - Knight Physical Therapy

Dr. Cheng,

I'm Susan and I'm from Orange. My low back pain is killing me. I went to pick up my
daughter in her crib and I felt a pop as I lifted her (she's 20lbs). Now, my back is locked
up and I can't move. What did I do to my back and what should I do now?

                                                                                    Susan, Orange - Orange County


What you did was probably strained a low back muscle. Your back pain is from a back
muscle tearing as you lift your baby. Bending over to pick up something heavy is one of the
most common way we get back pain. Always use your legs if you can and keep your spine
in a neutral position to avoid back pain and situation like this in the future.  For now, just
use ice for the next couple of days to calm the swelling down. The low back pain will stay
with you for a week or so but should resolve soon. If your back pain is not better in another
week, please give us a call.

Dr. Cheng, Anaheim - Orange County

Dr. Cheng,

I'm Elise and I'm in Fullerton. I can't sit for more than 20 minutes before my low back
pain starts killing me. I need to stand up and move around every half an hour to calm
this back pain down. Today, I'm feeling numbness in my hip and upper leg.  What's
going on?

                                                                                      Elise, Fullerton - Orange County


It sounds like what you have is more than just low back pain, it might be a disc problem as
well. When you injure your disc, sitting is usually a problem for most people. Beside the
constant low back pain, most people also have tingling and numbness down the legs if
they sit too long.  There are a few simple exercises you can do to alleviate this back pain of
yours. Give us and call and we'll be more than happy to show you if you're in the Orange
County area.

Dr. Cheng, Garden Grove - Orange County

If you have low back pain and you live in Orange County, please give us a call so we can
help you get rid of your back pain. Knight Physical Therapy has 2 locations to serve you in
Orange County.  

Garden Grove office is only minutes away from Orange, Santa Ana, Westminster,
Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Tustin, Irvine, and most of Central
Orange County.

We specialize in helping patients with chronic and acute back pain with our unique
treatment approach. We use a combination of acupressure, deep-tissue massage,
stretching, and stabilizing exercises to melt your back pain away.

Call today for an immediate appointment with one of our doctors.

Garden Grove 714-750-4097
Low Back Pain in Orange County

Low back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder which affects the lumbar segment
of the spine. It can be either acute, subacute or chronic in its clinical presentation.
Typically, the symptoms of low back pain do show significant improvement within two to
three months from its onset. In a significant number of individuals, low back pain tends to
be recurrent in nature with a waxing and waning quality to it. In a small proportion of
sufferers this condition can become chronic. Population studies show that back pain
affects most adults at some stage in their life and accounts for more sick leave and
disability than any other single medical condition.

An acute lower back injury may be caused by a traumatic event, like a car accident or a fall.
It occurs suddenly and its victims will usually be able to pinpoint exactly when it happened.
In acute cases, the structures damaged will more than likely be soft tissue like muscles,
ligaments and tendons. With a serious accident or due to osteoporosis or other causes of
weakened vertebral bones, vertebral fractures in the lumbar spine may also occur. At the
lowest end of the spine, some patients may have tailbone pain (also called coccyx pain or
coccydynia). Others may have pain from their sacroiliac joint at the bottom of the lumbar
spine, called sacroiliac joint dysfunction (see sacroiliac joint for more information) .

Chronic lower back pain usually has a more insidious onset, occurring over a long period
of time. Physical causes may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degeneration of
the discs between the vertebrae, or a spinal disc herniation, a vertebral fracture (such as
from osteoporosis), or rarely, a tumor (including cancer) or infection. The cause may also
be psychological or emotional or due to other non-anatomical factors.