Penn Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Penn Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Faculty

Christopher T Plastaras, MD

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physiatrist, Clinical Practice, Hospital of the University Health System
Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Penn Spine Center, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Spine Sports & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact information
Penn Spine Center
1800 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 2158932600
Education:
BA (Physics)
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1992.
MD (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Phila, PA, 1996.
Post-Graduate Training
Transitional Internship - Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , 1996-1997.
Resident, PM&R, Northwestern University Medical School-Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois , 1997-2000.
Chief Resident, PM&R, Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois , 1999-1999.
Certifications
Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Certification number 6755, (2001 - 2021) , 2001.
Board Certified, Sports Medicine (2009-2019), 2009.
Board Certified, Electrodiagnostic Medicine (2009-2019), 2009.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Spine & Sports Medicine, Interventional Spine

Description of Research Expertise

Musculoskeletal Clinical Outcomes Database

Selected Publications

Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS: "Perioperative Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries" Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45(1): 47-53, 2014.

Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Rittenberg JD, Conrad B, Sigler J, Dreyfuss P.: “Comparative Effectiveness of Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radicular Pain due to Intervertebral Disc Herniation: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial” Pain Medicine Page: 1526-2375, 2014.

Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS.: "Perioperative Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries" Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45(1): 55-63, 2014.

Plastaras CT, Fang J. : Meniscus injuries of the knee. PM&R Knowledge Now. AAPM&R, September 2013 Notes: http://now.aapmr.org/msk/disorders-lower-limb/Pages/Meniscus-injuries-of-the-knee.aspx.

Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Sigler JD, Smuck M, Conrad B, Dreyfuss P: “A Randomized, Double-Blind, Multi-center, Prospective Study Comparing the Efficacy of Particulate vs Non-Particulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radiculitis due to an Acute Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.” Paper Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY. Pain Medicine, August 2013 vol:14, Issue 8: 1271. 14(8): 1271, August 2013 Notes: Paper Presentation.

Chhatre A, Plastaras C, Pukenas B: “Complete Short Term Pain Relief After Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression for Far Lateral Disc creating ‘neurogenic claudication’ symptoms” Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY. July 2013 Notes: Poster.

Chhatre A, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. : “Acute Chest Pain During a Cervical Interlaminar Injection” Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY. July 2013 Notes: Poster.

Plastaras CT, Schran S, Kim N, Darr D, Chen MS: Manipulative Therapy (Feldenkrais, Massage, Chiropractic Manipulation) for Neck Pain. Current Rheumatology Reports 15(7): 1-6, May 2013.

Visco CJ, Kennedy DJ, Chimes GP, Rittenberg J, McLean J, Dawson P, Margolis S, Ihm J, Sliwa J, Smeal W, Sorosky B, Plastaras C: Programmatic Design for Teaching the Introductory Skills and Concepts of Lumbar Spine Procedures to Physiatry Residents A Prospective Multiyear Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 92(3): 248-257, March 2013.

McCormick Z, Plastaras C.: Lumbosacral transforaminal epidural steroid injections are equally effective for treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain in the obese compared to non-obese population: A pilot study. Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 26(2): 183-8, Jan 2013 Notes: doi: 10.3233/BMR-130366.

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Last updated: 03/26/2014
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