Correct Deadlift Technique And Position Blog Post

Lower Back Pain During Deadlifts

It’s quite common to see people avoiding deadlifts as a result of the negative stigma surrounding its correlation with low back pain. Honestly, I think that’s rubbish. Deadlifting is commonly used as an end-stage rehabilitation exercise to strengthen the low back and glutes. But why is an end stage rehabilitation exercise for low back pain considered to be an exercise that can be detrimental to that very area? Because often it can be done wrong! However, I honestly think that thought of scrapping deadlifts as an exercise should be discounted immediately. Throughout life we are constantly picking things up off the ground and from in front of us, so why wouldn’t we want to get good at it by mimicking an action that is doing just that? You can’t tell me that a footy player is going to go out and play a game without preparing themselves…they’d get injured! So why isn’t this the same?

Often, if the back pain just comes from deadlifting, there are likely some common faults in the movement itself. If you notice yourself or a friend deadlifting with back pain, and they are looking like the wrong examples below, try correct them and see if it makes a change! Ultimately all we are doing in each image is optimising the distribution of the weight of the barbell through the body as a whole.

A Rounded Back

Rounded Back In The Deadlift Position 1
2 Good Back Position Deadlift 1

Hyperextension During Lockout

3 Hyperextension In Deadlift
4 Correct Deadllift Standing Position

Bar Too Far From Shins

5 Incorrect Feet Placement Deadlift
6 Correct Feet Placement Deadlift

If you’re interested in having a chat with one of our passionate Physiotherapists about your low back pain or your deadlifts in general, just enter your details below and we’ll be more than happy to explain how we can have you PAIN FREE in the gym again!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.


We are open! We have escalated our already stringent hygiene routines and are still here to support you. Whilst social distancing is important your pain and comfort is also our priority, which is why the Australia Government considers allied health an ‘essential’ service.


It is important that we help support the load of our amazing local GP’s during these testing times.


Should you be forced to self-isolate, or are in a high risk category, please call to discuss a video consultation - 

08 7226 9901 or visit Online Physiotherapy


physio fit adelaide logo