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05-23-2005, 12:46 PM
My 9 year daughter has recently been diagnosed with scoliosis. She is starting her brace treatment this week. We have read a number of different reports on exercise. Can anyone please tell me if it is OK for her to use a trampoline. We ( her mum and dad) have lots of other questions but this is something that bothers her at this time.
We are in the UK and looking at the brace options. We had a nice email from the Spincor people, it appears the product is available here but the number of locations are reducing. The reason for this appears to be complex training / funding costs (only one hospital offers it on the NHS) We have our first appointment this week and intend to ask what the situation is with this method of bracing.

Marc H
05-23-2005, 03:00 PM

You may have seen my posts around so you might know im also from the UK, it is not adivsable to use a trampoline and I was told that doing any sort of gymnastics that puts pressure on the spine to move in different directions or arhcing it backwards then it could or will make a curve worse.
BTW who is your doctor?
Hope this helps.

Mary Lou
05-24-2005, 05:27 AM
I've never heard anything about not doing gymnastics or anything that will put pressure on the spine because it will make the curve worse. Most doctors want kids to stay as active as possible during their bracing. My daughter had spinal fusion and there is no way I'd let her on a trampoline. To be sure, ask her doctor as you will find out, each doctor is different and he may say no.

Mary Lou

05-24-2005, 08:15 AM
My daughter has worn her brace for over a year. Recently we went on a girl scout outing, where they used a trampoline and taught some fun moves. My daughter jumped with her brace on and did fine. She landed on her but/back instead of in sitting position in one of the moves, but just rolled around and got off the trampoline. She is comfortable enough with her brace now that she wasn't surprised/embarrassed when her body didn't bend as much as others. As long as there are appropriate guards, I see no reason to avoid trampolines or gymnastics or anything. I don't allow my kids to use trampolines without adults around to spot them, though. After her surgery, we will have to restrict her for at least a year, or maybe forever, just like our doctor advised about horse riding. However, I may let her decide after the year is up on trampolines and horse riding. Kris

05-24-2005, 01:12 PM
Braydon's orthos do not want him jumping on a trampoline, ever. The risk of jarring a spine that has metal implants is significant. I don't know if having a fusion to hold the implants in place has the same recommendation. There are many other orthopedic risks to trampolines (i.e., broken bones, landing on your head/neck, etc.) that I don't know any orthopedist who approves of trampoline use, for anyone. I think each situation is unique.

05-24-2005, 01:21 PM
Same here Carmell, no tramps for Sean, ever (he has had 2 spinal fusions with rods, even if the rods some day are removed). Of course, our ortho agrees that unless used totally correctly tramps are dangerous... he sees a ton of patients every summer that were injured on them due to careless or innappropriate use. At least one adult watching, checking the tramp before and during use to be sure all safety gear is in place (including the padding over the hardware), ONLY one child on the tramp at a time.... etc. we wont get one nor let our older child on one. Just not worth the risk for us. There is so much else out there that is fun for kids and not nearly so unsafe.

Hugs, Heidi

Marc H
05-24-2005, 02:24 PM
Although doctors want kids to stay active i did aswell, but i also learnt the hard way about not going on trampolines as it mad my curve worse and i ended up with a plaster cast for 6 Months, although i was allowed to do karate, but as i was not constantly going/landing on my back or twisting my body i was fine, but because of trampolines i ended up with a cast. even worse is that it was during the summer.

05-25-2005, 07:03 AM
Thanks for all the replies. My daughter had her first fitting for her brace today and having spoken to the orthotist it would seem that trampolining is fine- in fact any sports. Perhaps it all depends on the child, curve etc. This obviously is different for those who have had surgery. Just to clarify this is a family trampoline just for bouncing not performing any flips etc. :)

05-25-2005, 08:30 PM
Auktwister, I agree with you that each child is different, and as I think you noticed, most of your responses were from people who already had surgery. My daughter has not had surgery yet, and we are kind of giving her "a last hurah" before her year of absence from sports after surgery. This weekend we hope to do some heavier than usual sports activities as a family before preparing for surgery in July. We are considering horse back riding and white water rafting, as our 3 kids are all teenagers now. July 4th weekend we are planning to celebrate quite low-keyed to prevent injury, like sprains, and illnesses, for 3 weeks before surgery. At the girl scout event, the girls lined up, watched a professional demonstrate specific moves, then took turns trying these moves, as professionals spotted them. My kids to complain when I refuse to allow them to just go jump on a neighbor's trampoline with no spotters or fense, but I don't want accidents! I refuse to get a trampoline myself so I don't have to monitor it constantly, just like I prefer swimming pool memberships over having my own. Marc, do you know how trampolining made your curve worse? I didn't know any sport could actually change the curve! In my case, we are awaiting surgery anyway, so if we do manage to visit someone with a trampoline between now and 3 weeks before July 18, the surgery date, I don't plan to restrict my daughter if it is safely controlled. I am interested in how it changed your curve, for the sake of others who aren't getting surgery soon. Of course, after surgery, our family may have to alter our activities in general. We are prepared to avoid major events, like big trips, until the end of the year after surgery. Kris

06-19-2005, 08:20 PM
I wore a Boston brace for two years. We had a trampoline, and my doctor said to take the brace off when I jumped. It is uncomfortable to jump with it on, and if you land wrong, it jerks and pinches. I did many other things with my brace on, including horseback riding, but trampolines are best with the brace off.


06-20-2005, 06:49 PM
Hannah's right. I'm not allowed to jump on a trampoline or horseback ride with my scoliosis. It puts pressure on your spine. I wouldn't risk it anyway; it's not so hard to sacrifice trampoline jumping to help your back.
Good luck :)

08-20-2005, 11:01 PM
I was so excited to find this thread! We don't have a trampoline of our own, but my 5 year old bounces on one at gymnastics. No flips or twirls, just jumps and tucks. It sounds like she can keep doing it! I hope her doctor feels the same way that many of you do! No surgery or braces. We see the specialist the end of next month. :p