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Is trampolining safe for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Q) Is it safe to do trampolining if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?
Julie, via email (Winter 2015)

A) If you have rheumatoid arthritis and are keen to try trampolining, it's worth considering the following cautions:

  • Take things slowly and consider learning with an experienced supervisor or coach who understands your condition.
  • Avoid trampolining if you're experiencing a flare-up e.g. periods of increased pain and stiffness.
  • Avoid any somersaults or jumps where you could land on your neck. This is because some people with rheumatoid arthritis have disease in the top of their spine which makes the joints in the neck less stable and therefore more susceptible to spinal cord injury.

This answer was provided by Dr Tom Margham for the Winter 2015 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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