RIDING a roller coaster could be the most pain-free and cost-efficient way to pass kidney stones. That’s according to a team at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, who rode Disney World’s top rides 60 times to test their theory.
They rode three roller coasters 60 times in a row with a model kidney and three different sized kidney stones to see if it helped to stimulate passing kidney stones. By the end, they concluded it did.
Independent of kidney stone volume and location, findings by the researchers showed sitting in the back of the roller coaster resulted in a passage rate of 63.89 per cent compared to a passage rate of 16.67 when sat in the front seat of rides.
The urologist behind the study said that the study supports the anecdotal evidence that a ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could benefit some patients with small kidney stones. “Passing a kidney stone before it reaches an obstructive size can prevent surgeries and emergency room visits.”