Roughly 1 million Americans develop kidney stones each year, and they can be extremely painful. However, the best way to deal with them may be to simply let them pass on their own, without additional treatment.
Kidney stones form out of the chemicals present in urine. If they get wedged into a bad place, or block the urine flow, they can cause excruciating pain in the back or side.
But 90 percent of kidney stones pass on their own in a few days or weeks. Since intervention techniques increase the risk of infections and kidney damage, simply letting them do so is likely the best approach.