Rehabilitation Spine Medicine

Offering expertise in Non-Surgical Spine Care

Accepting Fellowship Applications for 2017 (updated 10-2016)

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

1800 Lombard Street, 1st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146

(800) 789-PENN
(215) 893-2600

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  Chris Plastaras, MD

Dr. Christopher Plastaras is part of the The Penn Spine Center at the University of Pennsylvania which provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and other musculoskeletal complaints. 

State-of-the-art imaging and testing facilities, an interdisciplinary approach, and support of the advanced technology and resources of the University of Pennsylvania  make it one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive facilities of its kind.

Therapeutic Approach
For each patient a specific complete and accurate diagnosis is made. Treatment is individualized - neck and back pain are not treated generically. Kinetic chain and biomechanical analyses also are integrated into patient care with focus on return to function, work, and play.  Fundamental concepts of the program are reliance on the judicious use of passive modalities, concentration on reactivation of the patient to the fullest extent possible using exercise, physical therapeutics, interventional care and resorting to spine surgery only when absolutely necessary. All rehabilitation and non-opioid medication treatment options are thoroughly explored.  Surgery will be advised when non-surgical care cannot achieve the necessary results.

Features of the Program Comprehensive Integrated Care
Dr. Christopher Plastaras works at The Penn Spine Center and has an academic appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation alt the University of Pennsylvania.  We help coordinate sub-specialists from multiple disciplines including physiatry (PM&R), physical therapy, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, interventional radiology, anesthesia, internal medicine, rheumatology, psychology, neurology, and radiology to obtain a comprehensive assessment as appropriate to needs of the patient.

Testing and Imaging
Electrodiagnostic testing is available the full array of state of the art radiologic imaging.

Interventional Procedures
Interventional spine procedures through a needle include fluoroscopically guided spinal injections including zygapophysial (facet) joint injections, epidural injections, medial branch nerve injections, selective spinal nerve injections, sacroiliac joint injections, discograms, peripheral nerve injections, shoulder/knee/hip joint injections, radiofrequency ablation procedures and intradiscal procedures.

Academic Mission

As part of our mission, we educate and empower the next generation of physical medicine & rehabilitation doctors (physiatrists).
This occurs in the university setting with the comprehensive evaluation and management of the patients with hands-on teaching.
Expect to receive care from our team which includes medical assistants, nurses, x-ray technicians, medical students, resident physicians, and fellow physicians.
Resident physicians in our clinic are doctors receiving training in physical medicine & rehabilitation.
Fellows are board eligible and/or board certified physical medicine & rehabilitation physicians who have completed medical school and residency training. They have chosen to spend an additional year to sharpen their skills in the field of interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine. Our fellows are "full fledged" doctors and are expert in spine & musculoskeletal care.

Dr. Plastaras is the Director of the Fellowship Program.  He works closely with the Fellows to deliver patient care.
Dr. Plastaras & his colleagues formulate the plan of care which will be executed with the help of his clinical staff and Fellow physicians.
Therefore, it is customary for the Fellow to execute this follow up care as outlined above.