Researchers Have Found That Riding Roller Coaster Helps In Dislodging Kidney Stones

Researchers Have Found That Riding Roller Coaster Helps In Dislodging Kidney Stones: In this high-tech era it might seem to you only a low-tech remedy for removing painful  kidney stones, but it is not. Roller coaster rides might also seem as a scary treatment method but the health benefits of these rides are uncomparable. As a team of researchers rode a roller coaster for many numbers of times just to figure out the reason behind the passage of small kidney stone only by riding a roller coaster. They used a 3D-printed model of a kidney which they filled with urine and took with them on this ride.

Riding Roller Coaster Helps In Dislodging Kidney Stones

In the latest study, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, urologist David D. Wartinger and his subordinates at Michigan State University College presented proofs to support the widespread claims that moderate-intensity roller coaster ride helped people in dislodging small kidney stones. According to researchers, the results are still preliminary and might help in developing unconventional therapies to resolve kidney stone problems.

What are Kidney Stones?

A kidney stone is a solid mass of chemicals and salts which get accumulated in kidney and comes out through urine. Kidney stones can of different sizes and the bigger they are, harder and more painful to get rid of them. Kidney stones can be excruciating to bear particularly if they get large in size. Getting rid of them while they are small is key to reducing the pain and suffering, you may go through otherwise. A lot of males and females have claimed that they have passed kidney stones after a roller coaster ride.

Prior to this study nobody actually closely observed the reason behind the triggers that prompts the stones to pass through the urinary canal. Though some of the common triggers that urologist knew about were bungee jumping, bouncing on a trampoline, dirt bike riding, violent sneeze, and in pregnant ladies due to increased vitamin intake. But the fact is that scientists had not been able to identify one single reproducible trigger and now roller coaster seems to be the reproducible method to remove kidney stones.

Researchers Have Found That Riding Roller Coaster Helps In Dislodging Kidney Stones

A lot of males and females have claimed that they have passed kidney stones after a roller coaster ride. Dr David Wartiger and his team observed the claims made by many kidney stone patients after the rides on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Where most of the patients passed stones after rides and in one patient’s case he passed 3 stones at a time. It made them curious that how did riding roller coaster helps in dislodging kidney stones?

Riding Roller Coaster Helps In Dislodging Kidney Stones
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland in Orlando

So he printed a 3-D silicon model of the kidney that passed three stones and the three stones. Then his team carried that urine-filled model in a knapsack and boarded the Big Thunder Railroad — 20 times to generate different test cases. According to observations, sitting in the front seat resulted in stone passage rate of 16.67 per cent through the model kidney, while the rear seat ride increased the passage rate to a huge level of 63.89 per cent.

Riding Roller Coaster Helps In Dislodging Kidney Stones
A silicon cast of a kidney

 

“If you have a stone smaller than four millimetres it can help you pass it before it becomes obstructive or large enough to become stuck in the tube,” said Dr Wartinger. “When stuck it may require emergency surgery and will cause extreme pain.”

The team of researchers says,“Preliminary study findings support the anecdotal evidence that a ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could benefit some patients with small kidney stones.”

 

Source: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

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