About Dr. Anthony Paternoster, D.C.

About the Doctor

dr-anthony-paternoster2Dr. Anthony Paternoster obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Carl S. Cleveland School of Chiropractic of USC in Los Angeles, California, now known as Southern California University of Health Sciences and completed his Post-Graduate Preceptor Program at the USC Spine Center including observing spine surgery rotations where he learned how to treat and manage pre and post surgical spine patients.  Dr. Paternoster is a board eligible Functional Neurologist through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board.  He completed a four year post-doctorate and residency neurology program through the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies in Clinical Neurology.  Dr. Paternoster is also board-certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia through the Texas Chiropractic College and the Baylor University College of Medicine.  In addition, Dr. Paternoster also observed neurosurgery rotations for neuroscience and neurology research at the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas.

Dr. Paternoster is an active member the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Chiropractic Association on the Council of Neurology and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.  Dr. Paternoster continues to conduct clinical research specializing in various neurological and musculoskeletal disorders of the brain and spine and is dedicated to serving his fellow community and providing patients with the highest quality of care.

Certifications, Professional Affiliations and Continuing Education:

•    Licensed in Michigan and Texas
•    Board Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), Texas Chiropractic College / Baylor College of Medicine
•    National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Certificate of Attainment of Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy
•    American Chiropractic Association Council on Neurology
•    Affiliated Member of the American College of Surgeons
•    Member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians
•    Member of the American Academy of Pain Management
•    Member of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society
•    Attended Extremity Adjusting Seminars

Functional Neurology

What is functional neurology?

Functional neurology is a board-certified specialty in chiropractic that studies the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves from a functional or physiological viewpoint. It is similar to medical neurology in that diagnostic procedures are utilized in order to identify malfunctions within the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Typically, a functional neurologist serves in the same consulting manner as a medical neurologist; the difference is that the applications or therapies of a functional neurologist do not involve the use of medications or surgical treatment methods.

How can functional neurology help you?

Functional neurology can help treat neurological issues, including peripheral neuropathy, herniated disc, pinched nerve, sciatica, vertigo, dizziness and migraine headaches.

A functional neurologist is a specialist in “brain-based” therapy with a focus on the brain’s role in joint, muscle, biomechanical and neurological dysfunction.  Similar to medical neurologists, a functional neurologist will form a diagnosis after a physical assessment of a patient, which may include reviewing the patient’s MRI, CT, electromyography as well as other neurophysiological tests. The functional neurologist uses these advanced diagnostic tests in order to reach a diagnosis.

Once the functional neurologist has confirmed a diagnosis, he or she will assess the functions that are lost or impaired resulting from a neurological or brain deficit and use treatments to improve the individual’s brain imbalance, such as eye movements, light stimulation, sound tones, vibration, and brain based chiropractic adjustments along with numerous other methods to increase endurance and to strengthen the weaker pathways of the brain.

How do you become a functional neurologist?

Like in medicine and dentistry, the chiropractic profession has individual recognized specialties. Typically, the training to become a board certified neurologist in the chiropractic profession starts with four years of undergraduate studies or obtainment of a bachelor’s degree, four years of education in chiropractic school to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and after chiropractic school an advanced post graduate training (through the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neurology) of an additional four years or 3,000 plus hours to obtain a post-doctorate degree.  As part of the post-graduate training, chiropractic neurologists are required to participate in a residency clinical training in functional neurology through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board.

Conditions and Services

Bulging Disc
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Degenerative Disc
Extremity Weakness
Failed Back Surgery
Herniated Disc
Leg Cramps
Low Back Pain
Migraine Headaches
Muscle Weakness
Neck Pain
Pinched Nerve
Repetitive Strain Injury
Restless Leg Syndrome
Tingling Shooting Pains

Diagnostic Assessment
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Nutrition Supplements
Physical Rehabilitation
Therapeutic Exercise
Ultrasound Diathermy
Whole Body Vibration
X-ray Examination

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