In a new study, researchers discovered that riding Disney World’s roller coaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
, may help ease small kidney stones passage.
Kidney stones can range in sizes and patients who have them don’t always require treatment as kidney stones can pass out of the body on their own – from the kidney down to the ureter and then the bladder. These stones exit through the urethra. However, the passing process may be painful.
The new study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
found that some of their patients had reported that their kidney stones have passed after going through the Big Thunder Mountain railroad roller coaster.
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To test the roller coaster effect on kidney stones, they made a 3D model of a kidney that they took along for the ride (hidden in a backpack).
According to the test results, when the researchers sat in the rear car of the roller coaster, the kidney stones passed about 64% of the time, regardless of the stone’s size or location.
When the researchers sat on the roller coaster's front car, the stones only passed 17% of the time.
Dr. David Wartinger, co-author of the study and professor emeritus of Urology at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, said that the preliminary study results “support the anecdotal evidence that a ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could benefit some patients with small kidney stones.”
Additionally, Dr. Wartinger said that riding a roller coaster after going through treatments such as lithotripsy may prevent kidney stones from getting bigger and causing more problems.