Kidney stones are small, hard mineral and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. Kidney stones can cause a lot of annoyance in any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder. This can cause intense pain and can lead to urinary tract infections if this lasts for a long period of time. Depending on the size of kidney stones, this disease can be treated under doctor’s advice and instructions. Along with trusted medications, researchers still analyze and study another way to cure kidney stones. These days, they mentioned taking roller coasters as a new, potential method.
Research on the new method
In the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a study about kidney stone treatments addressed an issue whether taking roller coaster can be that magical and effective. This study was inspired by some anecdotal reports. A man claimed that he passed kidney stones after enjoying the roller coaster. This story attracted attentions of professionals, consequently, they conducted experiments to find out the truth.
The experimental process
A team of researchers started by creating a 3D-printed model to simulate the particular patient’s kidney. They filled the “fake” kidney with urine before placing a real kidney stone in each passageway (upper, middle, and lower). The experiment took place in Big Thunder Mountain when researchers rode the roller coasters 20 times continually.
After the rides, they analyzed the movement of these stones. Surprisingly, the kidney stones which were placed in the upper passageway were dislodged on all 20 rides. Whereas, those in the middle and lower passageways were all obstinate.
Besides, the researchers also found out an even more interesting fact. If patients with kidney stones sit at the back of the ride, the passage rate is just under two in three. While sitting at the front can lead to a passage rate of one in six.
In their study, the researchers confirmed that patients can not only enjoy the roller coasters, but they can also pass small stones out of the body without any other intervention. This can, as a result, increase the body protection from the build-up of larger kidney stones.
In the near future, taking a roller coaster will become one of the strangest treatment of kidney stones. Doctors may soon be prescribing trips to Disney World to cure yourself of this disease.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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