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Christopher T. Plastaras, MD

Christopher T. Plastaras, MD Physician

Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Director of the Penn Spine, Sports Musculoskeletal Clinical Fellowship Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Plastaras is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Christopher T. Plastaras

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

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Clinical Specialties


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Sports Medicine, 2009
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001

Clinical Expertise:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back and Spinal Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dance Injuries
  • Disc Nucleoplasty (Percutaneous Discectomy)
  • Discogram (Diskogram)
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Exercise and the Elderly
  • Flat Foot (Pes Planus)
  • Fluoroscopy Guided Injection
  • Foot Pain
  • Foot Tendonitis
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand and Finger Weakness
  • Hand Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Aspiration (Arthrocentesis)
  • Joint Injections
  • Knee Cap Instability
  • Knee Cartilage Tear
  • Knee Tendonitis
  • Leg Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Non Surgical Back and Neck Herniated Disc Repair
  • Non-Operative Ankle Injury
  • Non-Operative Sports Injury
  • Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain - Non-Pharmacological Treatment
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Shoulder and Upper Arm Pain
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Discography
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS)
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Wrist Tendonitis

Description of Clinical Expertise

Spine & Sports Medicine, Interventional Spine

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center
Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National North American Spine Society, National Spinal Intervention Society, International TLG Research Associates Annual study to assess injured workers’ access to quality medical care; commissioned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Plastaras is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Musculoskeletal Clinical Outcomes Database

Selected Publications:

Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Nguyen C, Schuster JM, Pukenas B.: “’Scout No Scan’ Technique Reduces Patient Radiation Exposure During CT-Guided Spine Biopsy‎“ American Journal of Roentgenology 209 (5): 1158-1161‎,2017.

Lee H, Bonner W, Plastaras C, Caldera F.: “Adverse Events Associated with Cooled Radiofrequency of Medial Branch, Dorsal Ramus, and Sacral Lateral Branch Neurotomy Procedures" Poster session presented at the American Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Denver, CO. : 2017.

Lee H, Bonner W, Plastaras C, Caldera F.: “Adverse Events Associated with Cooled Radiofrequency of Cervical Medial Branch, Lumbosacral Medial Branch, Dorsal Ramus, and Sacral Lateral Branch Neurotomy Procedures” Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2017 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 8, 2017. : 2017.

Carr Carrie M, Plastaras Christopher T, Pingree Matthew J, Smuck Matthew, Maus Timothy P, Geske Jennifer R, El-Yahchouchi Christine A, McCormick Zachary L, Kennedy David J: Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) 17 (12): 2155-2161,2016.

McCormick Zachary L, Cushman Daniel, Marshall Benjamin, Caldwell Mary, Patel Jaymin, Ghannad Leda, Eng Christine, Makovitch Steven, Babu Ashwin, Chu Samuel K, Marciniak Christina, Walega David R, Press Joel, Plastaras Christopher, Kennedy David J: Pain Reduction and Repeat Injections After Transforaminal Epidural Injection With Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Steroid for the Treatment of Chronic Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 8 (11): 1039-1045,2016.

Zhang Yejia, Chee Ana, Shi Peng, Adams Sherrill L, Markova Dessislava Z, Anderson David Greg, Smith Harvey E, Deng Youping, Plastaras Christopher T, An Howard S: Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found in Patients with Back Pain. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 95 (6): 407-15,2016.

Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Pukenas B.: “Percutaneous CT Guided Laminotomy and Fenestration for Treatment of Symptomatic Lumbar Synovial Cysts.” American Society of Neuroradiology 54th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 25, 2016. : 2016.

Plastaras C, Buzanowska M.: Cervical Radiculopathy PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. : 2016.

Caldera F, Plastaras C.: "Hip strength asymmetry and patellofemoral pain" Lower Extremity Review 8 (5): 47-54,2016.

Bress A, Schuster J, Plastaras C, Pukenas B.: “Significant Dose Reduction During Neurointerventional CT Cases Using Table Side Parameter Controls.” American Society of Neuroradiology 54th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 26, 2016. : 2016.

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Academic Contact Info

Penn Spine Center
1800 Lombard Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 893-2600
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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