Michael J. Lu, MD| Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation | MedStar Health

Michael J. Lu, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation

Languages: English


About me

Dr. Michael Lu is an attending physician board-certified in both Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his internship at MedStar Harbor Hospital. He served as Chief Resident during his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and then stayed on to complete fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Philosophy of Care:

Dr. Lu believes in providing individualized care guided by each patient’s personal goals. His aim is to help patients maximize their function and return to the activities they enjoy. He welcomes all patients, from those looking to increase their activity, to weekend warriors and elite athletes. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to non-operative treatment including exercise, therapy, and procedures such as lumbar spine, peripheral joint, and soft tissue injections of the musculoskeletal system.

He has a particular interest in injuries surrounding racquet sports and adaptive sports, and he acts as an eligibility assessor for the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA). During his fellowship training, Dr. Lu provided medical coverage for Northwestern University D1 Athletics, the Chicago Marathon, SkyRise Chicago, and a multitude of adaptive sports teams.

In addition to the practice locations listed below, Dr. Lu also sees patients at Leisure World at 3305 N. Leisure World Blvd. Please call 301-570-7415 to make an appointment.

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Sports Related Back Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Back Injury
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Foot Pain
  • Gamekeeper's Thumb
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Knee Pain
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Muscle Injury
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Related Concussion
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Tendinopathy
  • Tendonitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Adaptive Sports Evaluation
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Epidural Injection
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Joint Injection
  • Musculoskeletal Injection
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Nerve Block
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
  • Spine Injection
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Ultrasound Guided Arthrocentesis
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Practice locations

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3305 North Leisure World Boulevard
Silver Spring, MD, 20906


Fax 301-598-1569

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102 Irving Street Northwest
NRH Rehab at Irving St Outpatient Center
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-829-2632

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Fax 202-829-2632

18109 Prince Philip Drive
Suite 155
Olney, MD, 20832


Fax 301-570-7416

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Fax 301-570-7416


MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • United Navigate
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Cigna EPO
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Kaiser Select
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • United Choice
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • I-SNP
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Beech Street PPO
    • United Choice Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna HMO
    • United Golden Rule
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Virginia Premier
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • United Student Resources
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • D-SNP)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Tricare East Select
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine

Fellowship Program: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern Univ. (2023)

Residency Program: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern Univ. (2022)

Internship Program: MedStar Harbor Hospital (2019)

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine (2018)


    • Walter E. Heller Chief Resident Award
    • Sarah Baskin Research Award
    • Resident and Fellow Recognition for Exemplary Professionalism