Appointments: 541-322-2352

James Nelson, MD


  • Acute/persistent neck or back pain, may be associated with radiating extremity pain (pinched nerves)
  • Acute/persistent joint or muscle pain
  • Numbness, tingling and weakness
  • Sports injuries
  • Occupational injuries
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Concussions
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spasticity
  • Dystonia
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 
  • Other neurologic conditions 
“I am passionate about connecting with my patients and using a holistic approach to improve their quality of life.”

Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Residency: University of California, Davis Medical Center
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Undergraduate Education: University of California, Davis


Dr. Nelson specializes in non-surgical management of musculoskeletal and spine injuries. His broad medical expertise allows him to diagnose and treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses with medications and minimally invasive procedures. His main areas of interest include spine disorders, stroke, sports medicine, and work related injuries. He uses electrodiagnostics to accurately pinpoint the cause of pain, numbness/tingling, or strength loss.

Dr. Nelson is committed to ongoing research to advance medical knowledge and help people. He was an integral part of bringing Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE) Laboratory to The Center, which is a partnership between Oregon State University – Cascades, The Center, and Therapeutic Associates. The FORCE Lab provides cutting-edge research and seeks to optimize musculoskeletal function and performance, prevent injury, and promote general well-being through the study of human movement.

Publications, Activities, & Awards
  • Medical Director – Occupational Medicine Department
  • Clinical Research Study for Patients with Frozen Shoulder, Principal Investigators: James Verheyden, M.D., Tim Bollom, M.D., James Nelson, M.D.
Personal Interests

A competitive athlete in high school and college, Dr. Nelson enjoys running, triathlon, water and snow skiing, and spending time with his wife and two children.


“I have been treated by Dr. Nelson at the Center for 16 years for chronic pain and back issues from a work injury and multi-level spinal fusion. He and his staff (Carla) have consistently met my needs. I strongly recommend them to others who I meet that are dealing with similar long term issues.”

“I have been a patient of Dr. Nelson over five years, and kudos to both him and his assistant Carla. Without their expertise, I would not be able to function! Their smiles help me forget about my pain for awhile!”

“I have been a patient of the Center for almost 14 years. It keeps getting better and better. Special kudos to Dr. James O. Nelson and his entire team. I always feel listened to and cared for, and know I am in capable hands, especially when having what would otherwise be considered scary and painful procedures. Dr. Nelson and crew make everything stress-free.”  


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130612_The_Center 3508

2200 NE Neff Road
Bend, OR 97701

Click here to request an appointment online, or call 541-322-2352. 


815 SW Bond Street (inside BMC building)
Bend, OR 97702

Click here to request an appointment online, or call 541-322-2352.