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Balaji S. Charlu, M.D.

About Dr. Balaji S. Charlu

Dr. Bobby S. Charlu is an Interventional Physiatrist who specializes in the non-surgical care of musculoskeletal and spine related disorders. Growing up in Michigan, Dr. Charlu was an avid tennis and soccer player. This love of sports drew him to pursue sports and musculoskeletal medicine when choosing his medical specialty.

“Physiatrists are experts in the rehabilitation of nerve, muscle, and bone injury. Treating injury, improving pain, and enhancing performance is the cornerstone of changing our daily movement and function. My goal is to offer any and all minimally invasive treatments to the sports and spine related pain outside of surgery.”

In addition to performing basic spinal therapy and diagnostic procedures, Dr. Charlu brings a variety of advanced pain management therapies to Hoag Orthopedic Institute including radiofrequency ablation, discography, percutaneous discectomy, spinal cord neuromodulation, and regenerative PRP. He is currently active in Interventional Spine research, and is a teaching faculty member of the North American Spine Society.

Dr. Charlu is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with sub-specialty Boards in Pain Management and Sports Medicine. Dr. Charlu attended Michigan State medical school and completed his residency in PM&R at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas where he was Chief resident. He completed his fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006.

In his spare time, Dr. Charlu enjoys spending time with his wife and three children in Irvine in addition to his active participation in sports including tennis, running, biking and triathlons.

Dr. Charlu also enjoys giving back to the community by serving as the team doctor for the University High School football team in Irvine.

Insurances Accepted

Please verify with your health plan and/or physician’s office.

  • Aetna PPO
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO
  • Blue Shield PPO
  • Coventry/First Health
  • Health Net PPO
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan/PHCS
  • United Healthcare PPO

For HMO plan participation please call the physician's office.

Affiliations HOI Surgery Center - Newport Beach
Education Medical Education - Michigan State University (Medical Doctor)
Internship - University of Medicine/Dentistryof New Jersey (Internal Medicine)
Residency - Baylor College of Medicine - Houston (Physical Medicine/Rehab)
Fellowship - University of Michigan Hospitals (Pain Management)
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of physcial medicine and rehabiliat
  • Sports Medicine
Conditions Treated
  • Arthritis (Spine & Neck)
  • Back Pain (Spine & Neck)
  • Bicep Tendon Rupture (Sports Medicine)
  • Bulging Disc (Spine & Neck)
  • Bursitis of the Hip / Hip Bursitis / Trochanteric Bursitis (Hip)
  • Cervical Fracture (Spine & Neck)
  • Cervical Radiculopathy (Pain Management)
  • Cervical Stenosis (Spine & Neck)
  • Chronic Pain (Pain Management)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Nerve Dysfunction (Spine & Neck)
  • Compression Fracture from Osteoporosis (Spine & Neck)
  • Degenerative Back and Neck Disorders (Spine & Neck)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (Spine & Neck)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (Pain Management)
  • Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hip (Hip)
  • Disc, Facet and Nerve Root Pain (Pain Management)
  • Facet Joint Arthritis (Pain Management)
  • Facet Joint Pain (Pain Management)
  • Facet Joint Syndrome (Spine & Neck)
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) (Pain Management)
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) (Spine & Neck)
  • Failed Laminectomy Syndrome (Spine & Neck)
  • Failed Laminectomy Syndrome (Pain Management)
  • Femoral Acetabular Impingement (Hip)
  • Golfer's Elbow (Sports Medicine)
  • Groin Pain (Hip)
  • Hamstring Strain (Sports Medicine)
  • Herniated Disc (Pain Management)
  • Herniated Disc (Spine & Neck)
  • Hip Arthritis (Hip)
  • Hip Dysplasia (Hip)
  • Hip Impingement (Hip)
  • Hip Pain (Hip)
  • Hip Sprain (Hip)
  • IT Band Syndrome / Iliotibial Band Syndrome (Hip)
  • Joint Pain (Hip)
  • Kyphosis (Spine & Neck)
  • Labral Tear of the Hip or Shoulder (Sports Medicine)
  • Labrum Tear (Hip)
  • LCL Injury / Lateral Collateral Ligament (Sports Medicine)
  • Low Back Pain (Pain Management)
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy (Pain Management)
  • MCL Injury / Medial Collateral Ligament (Sports Medicine)
  • Meniscus Tear / Meniscal Tear (Sports Medicine)
  • Muscle Strain (Spine & Neck)
  • Musculoskeletal and Myofascial Pain (Pain Management)
  • Neck Pain (Pain Management)
  • Neck Sprain (Spine & Neck)
  • Neuropathic Pain (Spine & Neck)
  • Osteoarthritis (Pain Management)
  • Osteoarthritis of the HIp / Hip Osteoarthritis (Hip)
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine / Spine Osteoarthritis (Spine & Neck)
  • Osteoporosis (Hip)
  • Osteoporosis (Spine & Neck)
  • Patellar Tendonitis / Patella Tendonitis (Sports Medicine)
  • PCL Injury / Posterior Cruciate Ligament (Sports Medicine)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (Spine & Neck)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy / Peripheral Nerve Disorders (Pain Management)
  • Piriformis Syndrome (Pain Management)
  • Piriformis Syndrome (Spine & Neck)
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome (Spine & Neck)
  • Radiculopathy (Pain Management)
  • Radiculopathy / Pinched Nerve (Spine & Neck)
  • Runner's Knee / Chondromalacia Patella (Sports Medicine)
  • Ruptured Disc (Spine & Neck)
  • Sciatica (Pain Management)
  • Sciatica (Hip)
  • Sciatica (Spine & Neck)
  • Scoliosis (Spine & Neck)
  • Shin Splints (Sports Medicine)
  • SI Joint Dysfunction / Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (Pain Management)
  • SI Joint Pain / Sacroiliac Joint Pain (Hip)
  • SI Joint Pain / Sacroiliac Joint Pain (Spine & Neck)
  • SLAP Lesion Tear (Sports Medicine)
  • Slipped Disc (Spine & Neck)
  • Snapping Hip (Hip)
  • Spinal Deformities (Spine & Neck)
  • Spinal Stenosis (Pain Management)
  • Spinal Stenosis (Spine & Neck)
  • Spondylolisthesis (Spine & Neck)
  • Spondylolisthesis (Pain Management)
  • Spondylolysis (Spine & Neck)
  • Spondylolysis (Pain Management)
  • Sports Concusion (Sports Medicine)
  • Sports Hernia (Hip)
  • Sprains and Strains (Sports Medicine)
  • Strained Hip (Hip)
  • Synovitis (Sports Medicine)
  • Synovitis of the Hip (Hip)
  • Tennis Elbow (Sports Medicine)
  • Thoracic Conditions (Spine & Neck)
  • UCL Tear / Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear (Sports Medicine)
  • Whiplash (Spine & Neck)
  • Cervical Rehabilitation
  • Facet Medial Branch Rhizotomy
  • Functional Restoration
  • Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Lumbar Rehabilitation
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Spinal Cord Neuromodulation / Stimulation
  • Spine Rehabilitation