Appointments: 541-322-2352

Larry Paulson, 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 
“My goal is to improve the quality of life for my patients by helping them regain function for daily living and restoring recreational activities.”

Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – University of California, Davis
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Undergraduate Education: University of Nevada, Reno



Dr. Paulson is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrist) that specializes in nonsurgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and diseases. He is committed to exceptional patient care and believes in educating patients about their condition in order to involve them in decisions about their treatment plan. Dr. Paulson has a primary emphasis on neck and back conditions, but treats a variety of conditions related to the nerves, muscles, and bones. He particularly enjoys evaluating patients with weakness, numbness/tingling, and muscle wasting. He uses advanced diagnostics, such as ultrasound, along with other modalities and nonsurgical procedures to improve quality of life. He joined The Center’s expert team of physicians in 2007.

Publications, Activities, & Awards
  • Presented Sports Medicine Lecture Series on Cervical Spine Sports Injuries, University of Nevada, Family Practice
  • “Orthotic Management in Peripheral Neuropathy,” in PM&R Clinics of North America, May 2001
  • Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California, Davis
  • Volunteer Medical Staff, Motion Analysis Lab, Shriners Hospital for Children, Sacramento, CA
  • Received Unrestricted Research Grant from the Allergan Corp. to Study Stiff Knee Gait



Personal Interests

Dr. Paulson enjoys many outdoor activities including Alpine and Nordic skiing, waterskiing, mountain biking, and learning to surf, as well as drawing, painting, and wood working.



“Doctor Paulson is the most caring, compassionate, and thorough practitioner there is!”

“I have cerebral palsy and three years ago I started to see Dr. Paulson to help me with my foot pain. When I saw him the first time, he was amazing. He spent an hour with me the first day going through everything to figure out why I was having pain. He sent me to see a nutritionist, urologist, and told me I needed to start exercising. The nutritionist taught me about food and I started biking and going to the gym. I knew I needed to lose weight, but Dr. Paulson was very encouraging. I get nervous seeing doctors and I felt like he really got to know me and understands cerebral palsy. I feel a lot less pain, I am so happy that I found him.” – Brianne Alley

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130612_The_Center 3508

2200 NE Neff Road
Bend, OR 97701

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