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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 a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Christopher T. Plastaras

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • 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 Pain
  • Hand Weakness
  • Heel Pain
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Aspiration (Arthrocentesis)
  • Joint Injections
  • Knee Cartilage Tear
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Tendonitis
  • Leg Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Non Surgical Back and Neck Herniated Disc Repair
  • Non-Operative Ankle Injury
  • Non-Operative Sports Injury
  • Occupational Medicine
  • 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
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • 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

Memberships

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National International Spinal Intervention Society, International National Council of Strength & Fitness Certification Agency, National Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, 1/2014, Local 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 a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Musculoskeletal Clinical Outcomes Database

Selected Publications:

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. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=114 : 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.

Carr CM, Plastaras CT, Pingree MJ, Smuck M, Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick ZL, Kennedy DJ.: Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study Pain Medicine : 2016.

McCormick ZL, Cushman D, Marshall B, Caldwell M, Patel J, Ghannad L, Eng C, Makovitch S, Babu A, Chu SK, Marciniak C, Walega DR, Press J, Plastaras C, Kennedy DJ.: Pain Reduction and Repeat Injections After Transforaminal Epidural Injection With Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Steroid for the Treatment of Chronic Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy PM&R Journal : 2016.

Safaeian P, Mattie R, Hahn M, Plastaras CT, McCormick ZL.: Novel Treatment of Radicular Pain With a Multi-Mechanistic Combination Topical Agent: A Case Series and Literature Review Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine 6 (2): e33322,2016.

McCormick ZL, Slipman C, Kotcharian A, Chhatre A, Bender FJ, Salam A, Menkin S, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C.: Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective Long-Term Outcome Study Pain Medicine : 2016.

Safaeian P, Mattie R, Hahn M, Plastaras C, McCormick Z.: “Novel Treatment of Radicular Pain with a Multi-Mechanistic Combination Topical Agent: A Case Series” American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 32nd Annual Meeting : 2016.

McCormick Z, Slipman C, Kotcharian A, Chhatre A, Bender FJ, Salam A, Menkin S, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C.: Percutaneous Lumbar Disk Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective 8-Year Outcome Study American Academy of Pain Medicine : 2016.

Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT: "The Use of Moderate Sedation for the Secondary Prevention of Adverse Vasovagal Reactions" Pain Medicine 16 (4): 673 -679,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Spine Center
1800 Lombard Street

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

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