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Balaji S Charlu M.D.

(949) 722-7038
Primary Specialties
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Area of Expertise
  • Pain Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hip & Pelvic
  • Pain Management
  • Spine & Neck (Cervical)
Medical Practice:
  • Newport Orthopedic Institute
22 Corporate Plaza
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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16300 Sand Canyon Ave Ste 400
Irvine, CA 92618
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Education & Training

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)

Accepted Health Plans

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 physician's office.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehab (Pain Medicine)
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehab (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Physician Bio

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.

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bicep Tendon Rupture
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis of the Hip / Hip Bursitis / Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Cervical Fracture
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Nerve Dysfunction
  • Compression Fracture from Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Back and Neck Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hip
  • Disc, Facet and Nerve Root Pain
  • Facet Joint Arthritis
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Failed Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Femoral Acetabular Impingement
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Groin Pain
  • Hamstring Strain

Procedures Performed

  • Cervical Rehabilitation
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Facet Medial Branch Rhizotomy
  • Functional Restoration
  • Injections of Muscles, Bursae, Joints
  • SI Joint Injections / Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Spinal Cord Neuromodulation / Stimulation
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Stellate Ganglion Sympathetic Block Injections
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Lumbar Rehabilitation
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity Studies
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Radiofrequency Ablation