Squat Injuries-You Mean Lifting Large Amounts of Weight with your Spine is a Bad Idea?

By /

Squat injuries? We frequently see low back pain patients who injure themselves performing a squat lift, where the weight lifting bar is held by the shoulders and neck and a squat-type movement is performed. Squats and dead lifts  (where the athlete bends forward and lifts a barbell to a standing position), are the most common weight lifting injuries that cause chronic low back problems. Being a weight lifter, I too have suffered from the dreaded squat and dead lift syndrome. Several years ago, while working out with a trainer and performing a dead lift, I heard a pop, went down, and could barely make it to the parking lot. Thankfully, my partner Dr. Schultz got me in for a quick epidural and I was able to get back to lifting by week’s end. However, these weight lifting moves continue to cause concern. Recently a paper was published where the authors performed x-rays of the spine while subjects were performing squats. What they found was concerning. The sacrum quickly and dramatically shifted it’s position to put severe stress on the pars interarticularis (literally in Latin “the part between the joints). This piece of bone is an important part of the vertebra and can be fractured easily in adolescents and young adults, leading to a chronically unstable spine. These different types of squat injuries are noted as the number one cause of chronic low back pain in squat related injuries. The upshot? There are many great body weight exercises to build a strong core and legs. If you want to become good friends with a spine specialist, continue the squats and dead lifts!

Learn about Regenexx procedures for spine conditions.
Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

If you have questions or comments about this blog post, please email us at [email protected]

NOTE: This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get Blog Updates by Email

By submitting the form, you are agreeing that you read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may also contact you via email, phone, and other electronic means to communicate information about our products and services. We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

Copyright © Regenexx 2021. All rights reserved.



9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021


*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.