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Dr. Carlos Vallbona MD

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Director of the Post-Polio Clinic

Phone: (713) ***-****  
Email: v***@***.edu
4605 Post Oak Place Suite 222
Houston , Texas 77027
United States

Company Description: TIRR's Specialty Rehabilitation Program provides services for patients who have experienced catastrophic injuries or illnesses, or major surgery, and whose recovery...   more

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  • MD
    Baylor College of Medicine/Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • MD , TIRR-Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation & Research
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Magnetic Bracelet Therapy – Case Study Dr Carlos Vallbona, USA, 19 Sept 2013 [cached]
A study made by Dr. Carlos Vallbona was issued and the results were published in the edition of November Archives of Medical Physical and Rehabilitation are as follows :
"Most of the patients tested in one study who received treatment magnetic acknowledge recorded a significant decrease in the level of pain they are. The majority of patients given placebo (magnet off) was reported to complain there is no direct any effect on them"
Dr. Carlos Vallbona is a professor of family medicine and community medical and physical and rehabilitation at Baylor. He also is a director of the Clinical Post-Polio at TIRR in Houston, USA.
Dr. Vallbona had been evaluating the use of therapeutic magnets in adults diagnosed with the syndrome of post-polio suffering from pain dramatically on joints that have been identified with pain in the muscles them.
"Seventy-six percent of patients with magnetic active reported a decrease in pain, but only 19 percent of patients treated with placebo felt improvement," said Dr Vallbona. No patient reported side effects of treatment were carried out on them.
By Dr. Carlos Vallbona, he has no explanation clear away the pain significantly and quickly perceived by the patients in our study. On assuming his potential energy magnetic influence receptor pains in joints or muscles or decrease the sensation pain in the brain.
Dr. Carlos Vallbona said there was a lot of research should be conducted to determine whether therapy magnet should be recommended as an alternative to the treatment standard for use on patients post-polio, such as physical therapy, wire tooth support, relaxing muscle, anti-inflammatory and treatments others as well.
Home Bio-Silver-Magnet Health and Beauty by Hemis Corp., 25 April 2004 [cached]
In 1993, a patient of Carlos Vallbona, M.D., told him that a cushion made with small magnets had cured his lower back pain.Vallbona was skeptical."I thought it was a psychological effect," he recalls.
After hearing story after story like these from his patients, Vallbona, the director of the Post-Polio Clinic at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, was interested enough to attend a 1994 conference on the effects of magnetic fields.What he learned led him to suspect there might be something to magnet therapy after all.He and his colleague Carleton Hazelwood, M.D., designed a double-blind study to test the effect of magnets on 50 patients suffering from pain associated with post-polio syndrome.What he found piqued the interest of even the staunchest critics of magnet therapy.
In the study, Vallbona examined the effects of one specific type of magnet known as a. concentric circles" magnet.He had some subjects hold these permanent magnets (permanent magnets have a static magnetic field) on points where they felt the most intense pain, and others hold inactive magnets.All were told to keep them in place for 45 minutes.After the magnets were removed, seventy-five percent of the patients who used active magnets reported a significant reduction in pain.Only 19 percent of the patients in the control group, however, experienced even a small decrease in pain.No side effects were reported.Vallbona published these results in the November 1997 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Vallbona's study did not explore how long this effect might last, but he has continued to follow the progress of participants, and the preliminary results look promising."Many patients reported that the effect lasted not only hours, but days, weeks, even months in some cases," he says."So we have the impression that the relief brought about by the magnets is lasting longer than relief by painkilling drugs."
Vallbona is no the only researcher finding promising results.
Vallbona suggests that the magnetic field may affect pain receptors in the painful area, eliciting a slight anesthetic affect, or that the magnetic field might be transmitted via blood vessels to the brain, which then releases endorphins, chemicals that act as natural pain relievers.
Theories are one thing, facts are another, which is why Vallbona has plans for further research on magnets.In the meantime, since he completed his study with the post-polio patients, he has been successfully treating his own injured shoulder with two small magnets.And he now takes along several magnets whenever he travels-just in case he needs them.
Magnets May Help Battle Depression, 1 April 2006 [cached]
``I think that the study is interesting,'' said Dr. Carlos Vallbona, a professor of rehabilitation medicine and family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Formerly a skeptic of the therapeutic value of magnets, Vallbona recently published a study in the Archives of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine describing the use of magnet therapy to relieve chronic muscle and joint pain resulting from polio.
He noted that the method of electromagnetic stimulation applied in the new study was very different from that employed in his own research. Vallbona used simple magnets that exert a constant, low-intensity force.
New York Times, 1 Dec 1997 [cached]
No one was more skeptical about using magnets for pain relief than Dr. Carlos Vallbona, former chairman of the department of community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
So Dr. Vallbona was amazed when a study he did found that small, low intensity magnets worked, at least for patients experiencing symptoms that can develop years after polio.
Dr. Vallbona had long been fascinated by testimonials about magnets from his patients, and even from medical leaders. But his interest in magnet therapy became more serious in 1994 when he and a colleague, Carlton F. Hazlewood, tried them for their own knee pain. The pain was gone in minutes. "That was too good to be true," Dr. Vallbona said.
Dr. Vallbona knew that the power of suggestion can fool both patient and doctor. But he also wondered; could strapping small, low intensity magnets to the most sensitive areas of the body for several minutes relieve chronic muscular and joint pains among patients in his post polio clinic at Baylor's Institute for Rehabilitation Research.
Aware of the medical profession's skepticism about magnet therapy, Dr. Vallbona sought to conduct science's most rigorous type of study. Participants would agree to allow the investigators to randomly assign them to groups getting treatment with active magnets or sham devices. But neither the patients nor the doctors treating them would know what therapy was used on which patient.
First, Dr. Vallbona informally tested magnets on a few patients. One was a priest with post-polio syndrome who celebrated mass with difficulty due to marked back pain that prevented him from raising his left hand. After applying a magnet for a few minutes the pain was gone, Dr. Vallbona recalled, and, "the priest said this was a miracle."
Then a human experimentation committee allowed Dr. Vallbona to test 50 volunteers with magnets that at 300 to 500 gauss, were slightly stronger than refrigerator magnets. They were made in different sizes so they could fit over the anatomic area identified as setting off their pain.
It was difficult to design a system to prevent participants from learning whether they were being treated with a magnet or a sham.
So Dr. Vallbona asked Magnaflex Inc., a magnet manufacturer in Corpus Christi, Tx., to prepare active magnets and inactive devices that could not be told apart. The devices were labeled in code.
Dr. Vallbona's findings have let him to try to carry out a larger study in several medical centers, and they are expected to lead other investigators to conduct their own studies.
Dr. Vallbona said he did not know why magnets worked for many post-polio patients but not for others, or why some said they felt improvement in areas of the body far distant from where the magnet was applied.
Had it been done with government aid, Dr. Vallbona said, it would have cost about $50,000 dollars.
History, 2 Feb 2012 [cached]
1973: Dr. Carlos Vallbona, director of Baylor's Community Medicine, received a grant of $525,000 to teach new doctors about health care outside the hospital setting. Dr. Vallbona used the Community Health Centers to launch his program.
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