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.