20+ Years of

Chiropractic Care In
Bend, Oregon


-Superior Injury Care

  • Fast Pain Relief
  • Auto Accident Specialist/Work Injury Specialist
  • Massage Therapy
  • Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy
Bend Spinal Care


Our team puts your specific health care needs first. We are proud to provide a high-quality level of customer service, chiropractic, massage therapy and commitment to health and wellness to all of our patients. Our goal at Bend Spinal Care is to improve your lifestyle by caring for your health.

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With 20+ years of experience, Dr. Welker is capable of analyzing your body and creating a custom pain relief and rehabilitation plan to benefit your health. We understand the importance of educating you on chiropractic care so that you can heal quickly.

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Each part of our team at Bend Spinal Care works to care for you and your health care needs. Not only will our team treat your existing conditions, but we also strive to prevent pain and illness from reoccurring. We strive to help you improve your quality of life, achieve your wellness goals, and heal your body to live your best life possible.

Our Services

Motor Vehicle Accident - Work Injuries

Disc Injuries (Bulging/Herniation)

Sports Injuries

Migraine Headache

Tension Headache







Rotator Cuff Injuries

Knee Pain


Maintenance Spinal Care

A doctor's hand holding a virtual image of a human, assessing pain.
A doctor is looking at a patient's spine.

What kind of Doctor helps with spinal issues?

If you have a problem with your spine, you may be surprised at the type of doctor you’re sent to for consultation and treatment. Unlike some parts of the body, there isn’t one specific spine doctor out there.  Instead, there are a number of different specialists who can treat spinal conditions. The type of doctor you’re sent to often has to do with the type of spinal issue you’re dealing with. Here are some of the doctors who can help with spinal issues. 

A Neurosurgeon handles diagnosis and treatment related to the nervous system, spinal cord, and brain. Some of these experts specialize in treating conditions related to the spine, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal deformity, infections, tumors, and chronic pain. They often work closely with Neurologists in the early stages of diagnosis before treating the condition surgically. Common surgeries performed by neurosurgeons include kyphoplasty, spinal fusion, stents, radiosurgery, and laminectomy. 

A Chiropractic Physician focuses on treating conditions that affect spinal joints, the extremities, nerves and muscular system.  Simply put, chiropractic doctors treat conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal system conservatively or without invasive measures.  They often seek to relieve or reduce pain, restore mobility, and help reduce the tightness in the muscular system.  Chiropractic doctors treat those who have neuromuscular symptoms as well as pain from overusing muscles, whiplash injuries, headaches, migraine, and nerve pain. They often use non-invasive techniques such as ultrasound, manipulation, hot/cold therapy, massage therapy, physiotherapy and acupuncture.

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Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist


Board-certified Chiropractic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialists are Doctors of Chiropractic that have completed extensive post-doctoral education in non-surgical Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and have passed rigorous specialty Board examinations leading to Diplomate status as a Chiropractic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialist. Less than 2% of chiropractic physicians attain this status.

To become Board certified, the Chiropractic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialist is required to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the evaluation and non-operative management of a broad range of injuries, conditions, and disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, with particular emphasis on the spine and extremities.


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The designation of Diplomat of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (IANM) recognizes Board-certified Chiropractic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialists who are active members of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Fellows of the Academy have distinguished themselves among their colleagues through advanced training and high levels of clinical excellence. They are committed to the specialty of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and their communities through their dedication to ongoing research, continuing education, and improved clinical outcomes.

The titles of Diplomat or Fellow was established in 1980 by the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, the precursor to the IANM, as a means for recognition of those members who have demonstrated a dedication to the established goals and ideals of the Academy. Fellows are committed to the advancement of Chiropractic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine as a non-operative alternative to surgical orthopedic healthcare relative to the treatment of disorders of the human spine and extremities.

Upon meeting the requirements of advanced post-graduate training and successful completion of Chiropractic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialty board examinations, Fellows of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine are entitled to all privileges and honor bestowed by the Fellow designation (FIANM).


An ongoing lifelong commitment of a practitioner to integrate evidence-based, current clinical applications and apply the knowledge, skills, and judgment with the attitudes, values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role and setting. The IANM recognizes the importance of soft skills such as communication and ethical judgments to be part of the clinician's knowledge and skills. Continuing professional development helps to ensure that skills and knowledge are up to date in order to demonstrate their current competence in the field of neuromusculoskeletal medicine.

Specialty certification is a MANDATORY process for Academy membership. While chiropractic licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty-specific. Board certification demonstrates a doctor of chiropractic/chiropractic physician's exceptional efforts to improve skills in a specialty area of chiropractic practice. A valid chiropractic license is required for Board certification.

The intent of the chiropractic orthopedic neuromusculoskeletal specialty certification process is to provide assurance to the public that a board-certified chiropractic orthopedic specialist has successfully completed an accredited training program and an evaluation, including an examination process, both oral and written, designed to assess the knowledge, experience, and skills required to provide quality patient care in the chiropractic orthopedic neuromusculoskeletal specialty.

Standards of specialty-board certification are distinct from those of state licensure.

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 "I absolutely love every visit to Bend Spinal Care. Not only do I leave in less pain, but I also thoroughly enjoy the community of quality people that I get to interact with during my treatments. Dr. Pope is exceptional and so is Dr. Welker. Plus, they have massage chairs in their waiting room."

"Dr. Welker and Dr. Pope are gentle and have the latest in equipment to help adjust you based on your injury or condition. So impressed. Been coming here for treatment 5 years now. They take HMO and PPO insurance."

"I have been going to Bend Spinal Care for a number of years now and they continue to provide amazing care. If you are looking for an understanding and trustworthy team of people, then I would high recommend that you reach out to Bend Spinal."

"I have been to this chiropractor many times, and they work around schedules and make time to see what the issues really are. I have had traction and a massage here as well. Great staff, and excellent knowledge. I would highly recommend this chiropractor office to anyone at any level beginner through advance"

"I've been going to chiropractic care consistently (monthly) for about 12 yrs now. I've been in the care of about 15 different chiro practitioners as I've lived in various states in that time (military). I struggle with chronic lower back pain from sports injuries and scoliosis. The care I've received at Bend Spinal Care has beaten out all other chiropractic services I've received. It's a complete package - they accept insurance, very nice facility, they utilize various techniques to loosen your muscles prior to adjustment (electro stimulation, heat blankets, massage gun), then you get Dr. Welker who is extremely knowledgeable about human anatomy and will only make adjustments you need with expertise and care that comes from decades of experience."

"Dr. Welker and Caroline always do a great job helping get my body back on track! I am pretty hard on myself as I am a full-time dog groomer and work with horses in the spare time. So, needless to say, something always hurts! After a visit to my two favorite people, I feel like a whole new person!"

"I came in today as a new patient and was super impressed with the Dr and his staff. My treatment was excellent, and I left there not only feeling better physically but also feeling better about myself and very hopeful that I can get better in the good hands of Bend Spinal Care."

"Dr. Welker is very thorough and knowledgeable in his assessments and adjustments. Trying to find a good chiropractor can be a challenge and after my previous chiropractor of 12 years closed his practice, I was a bit nervous trying to find a new one. I have had a few bad experiences in the past but am very glad that I went to see Dr. Welker. His confidence in his practice and knowledge has made the transition easy, thankfully. In the first and second visit that I have seen him I've left feeling better then when I came in. He takes his time in every appointment and addresses any issues/concerns that you may have. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a great chiropractor!"