This... doesn't seem right, but just bear with this report from Wired. It seems as though driving over speed bumps can reveal those who are enduring acute appendicitis. This was a rumored thing among medical circles based purely on anecdotal data, but now there is an empirical study by the University of Oxford and Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK to back it up.

Apparently, when attempting to diagnose appendicitis, some doctors would ask if pain worsened when driving over speed bumps. It was not exact medicine, but according to Dr. Helen Ashdown of Oxford, it has been "as good as many other ways of assessing people with suspected appendicitis."

The Oxford study showed that the speed bump test was more helpful at ruling out appendicitis than confirming its diagnosis since other abdominal issues could also cause pain in those situations. So patients with acute appendicitis would experience pain going over a speed bump, but those who don't feel a jolt can be ruled out entirely as having acute appendicitis. That said, don't go driving over speed bumps expecting to perform your own diagnosis. Your results may vary!


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      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speed bumps can provide all sorts of diagnoses. I determined my car suffered from low levels of suspension-heightus after bottoming out on a speed bump and smashing my dump pipe.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      My automotive knowledge has been increased tremendously by this article. Thank you autoblog, this was as rivitingly entertaining to read as it was educational. Ouch! I sarcasmed so hard, I think my appendix burst...
      Burack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think i contracted appendicitis from reading this boring-ass article.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      George and Autoblog- Do not let be dissuaded by the (undue) criticism from a few! This is entry worthy, if for nothing more than the fact that it is multidisciplinary. Peace.
      GeeDavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds about as helpful as using a pea to discover if one's royalty or not.
      n.bob2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would a punch in the stomach hurt more to these people? Let's study this...
      tetrapyloctomy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm an emergency doc, and asking about bumps in the road is, in fact, highly useful for the same reason we have little kids jump to assess for acute appendicitis. Sorry this article was so dull to readers who apparently were forced at gunpoint to read THREE WHOLE PARAGRAPHS.