Christopher Plastaras, MD

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Specializing in Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Director, Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship

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  Christopher Plastaras, MD

Christopher T. Plastaras, MD works in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania as Assistant Professor and has Directed the Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship since 2009.

Dr. Plastaras received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine where he also served as Chief Resident.  He practiced for 9 years at Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center.  He is board certified in Sports Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 

Dr. Plastaras specializes in  Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine.  His clinical interests are the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal conditions including spine related pain, shoulder/hip/knee/foot/ankle pain, and running injuries.  His practice includes fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures treating peripheral joints, "facet" joints, epidurals, and radiofrequency ablation.

EDUCATION

Chief Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,  Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Internship, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Doctor of Medicine  University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Arts, Physics Emory University, Atlanta, GA

BOARD CERTIFICATION

Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Certification of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation   

Board Certified, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

   

Research Publications, peer reviewed (print or other media):

 

1.   Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Kennedy DJ. "Adverse Events Associated With Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections." The Spine Journal (2015). PMID 26065819; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2015.05.034

 2.   McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu SK, Babu AN, Walega DR, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Study. Journal of Nature and Science, 1(8) 2015:e140. PMID:26251843

3.   McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Garvan C, Rivers E, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MC, Plastaras C. "Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2015. DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000296. PMID:25888660

4.   Sung W, Abraham M, Plastaras C, Silfies SP. “Trunk Motor Control Deficits in Acute and Subacute Low Back Pain are Not Associated with Pain or Fear of Movement” The Spine Journal 2015, Volume 15, Issue 8, Pages 1772–1782.

5.   Cushman D, McCormick Z, Casey E, Plastaras CT. “Discrepancies in Describing Pain: Is There Agreement Between Numeric Rating Scale Scores and Pain Reduction Percentage Reported by Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain After Corticosteroid Injection?” Pain Medicine 2015 (16:5): 870-876.

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

7.    McCormick Z, Margolis S, Temme K, Rivers E, Cameron SA, Smith MC, Rohr A, Zander E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. “Concordant Pain Provocation During Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors” Pain Physician. January/February 2015 (18:1): E19-E26.  

8.   McCormick Z, Cushman D, Casey E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. "Factors Associated with Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014). doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.07.404.

9.   Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Macron D, Garvan C,  Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J. "Adverse Events Associated with Fluoroscopically Guided Zygapophyseal Joint Injections." Pain Physician 17 (2014): 297-304.

10.                       Schneider B, Kennedy DJ, Casey E, Smuck M, Conrad B, Plastaras C. “Trainee Involvement in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Associated With Increased Incidence of Vasovagal Reactions.”  PM&R Journal 6 (10) October 2014:914 -919.  DOI: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.04.003

11.                       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 (2014) 1526-2375.

 12.                       Marciniak C, Caldera F, Welty L, Lai J, Lento P, Feldman E, Sered H, Sayeed Y, Plastaras C. “High-Resolution Median Nerve Sonographic Measurements Correlations With Median Nerve Conduction Studies in Healthy Adults.” J Ultrasound Med 2013; 32:2091–2098.

13.  Plastaras C, Appasamy M, Sayeed Y, McLaughlin C, Charles J, Joshi A, Macron D, Pukenas  B. “Fluoroscopy Procedure and Equipment Changes to Reduce Staff Radiation Exposure in the Interventional Spine Suite.” Pain Physician. 2013 (16): E731-E738.

14.                       Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Casey E, Rittenberg J, Conrad B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. "Vasovagal Rates in Fluoroscopically Guided Interventional Procedures: A Study of Over 8,000 Injections." Pain Medicine 2013 (14:12):  1854-1859.

15.  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. 2013 Jan 1;26(2):183-8. doi: 10.3233/BMR-130366.

16.                       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.

17.                       Fitzgerald CM, Plastaras C, Mallinson T.  “A Retrospective Study on the Efficacy of Pubic Symphysis Corticosteroid Injections in the Treatment of Pubic Symphysis Pain.” Pain Medicine 2011 12(12), 1831–1835.

18.                       Smuck M, Maxwell MD, MD, Kennedy DJ, Rittenberg JD, Lansberg MG, Plastaras CT. Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections. The Spine Journal 10 (2010) 857–864.

19.                       McLean JP, Sigler JD, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Rittenberg JD. The Rate of Detection of Intravascular Injection in Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections With and Without Digital Subtraction Angiography. PM&R Journal. 1(7): 636-642, July 2009.

20.                       Fasen J, O'Connor A, Schwartz S, Watson J, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Bulcao C, Johnson S, Akuthota V. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Hamstring Stretching: Comparison of Four Techniques.  Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 23(2):660-667, March 2009.

21.                       Plastaras CT, Marciniak CM, Sipple DP, D'Amore KG, Garvan C, Zaman SM: Effect of interelectrode distance on sural nerve action potential parameters. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 87(3):183-188, March 2008.

22.                       Plastaras C, Heller D, Sorosky B, Houle T. “Pain reproduction during lumbosacral transforaminal epidural steroid injection does not affect outcome” Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 19(2-3): 57 – 60, 2006

23.                       Slipman CW, Plastaras C, Patel R, Isaac Z, Chow D, Garvan C, Pauza K, Furman M “Provocative cervical discography symptom mapping” The Spine Journal, 5(4): 381-388, July-August 2005

24.                       Akuthota V, Plastaras C, Lindberg K, Tobey, J, Press J, Garvan C “The Effect of Long-Distance Bicycling on Ulnar and Median Nerves: An Electrophysiologic Evaluation of Cyclist Palsy” American Journal of Sports Medicine, 33(8), 2005

25.                       Slipman CW, Lipetz JS, Jackson HB, Plastaras CT, Vresilovic EJ: “Outcomes of therapeutic selective nerve root blocks for whiplash induced cervical radicular pain” Pain Physician 4(2): 167-174, 2001

26.                       Slipman CW, Lipetz JS, Plastaras CT, Jackson HB, Vresilovic EJ, Lenrow DA, Braverman DL: “Fluoroscopically guided therapeutic sacroiliac joint injections for sacroiliac joint syndrome” American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 80(6): 425-32, 2001 June

27.                       Roth EJ, Plastaras CT, Mullin MS, Fillmore J, Moses ML: “A Simple Institutional Educational Intervention to Decrease Use of Selected Expensive Medications” Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 82 (5): 633-636, 2001 May

28.                       Slipman CW, Lipetz JS, Plastaras CT, Jackson HB, Yang ST, Meyer AM: “Therapeutic zygapophyseal joint injections for headaches emanating from the C2-3 joint.”American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 80(3): 182-188, 2001 March.

29.                       Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Palmitier RA, Huston CW, Sterenfeld EB: “Symptom Provocation of Fluoroscopically Guided Cervical Nerve Root Stimulation: Are Dynatomal Maps Identical to Dermatomal Maps?” Spine 23(20): 2235-42, 1998 Oct 15

 

Research Publications, peer-reviewed reviews:

  1. Plastaras CT, Kotcharian AS, Chhatre A. Lumbar Epidural Injections: Review of Efficacy and Discussion of Practice Options. Journal of Orthopedics & Rheumatology 2015;2(1): 12.
  2. Plastaras CT, Schran S, Constantino J.  “Complementary and alternative medicine for neck pain: Focus on manipulative therapies-chiropractic and osteopathic techniques.”  TANG 4, no. 4 (2014): 25-28.

 

Editorials, Reviews, Chapters, Cases, including participation in committee reports (print or other media):

  1. McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Garvan C, Rivers E, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MC, Plastaras C. "Response to: Letter to the Editor Regarding Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2015 APR 16 [epub ahead of print]
  2. Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. “Response to Letter by Dr. Lipetz.” Pain Medicine. (August 2015) doi: 10.1111/pme.12879. PMID:26272826

3.   Plastaras C, Tsay T, Schran S, Zhang Y, Becker S, Pukenas B. “Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis.” PM&R Journal. 2015 Aug 7. pii: S1934-1482(15)00922-3. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2015.07.013. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 26261025

4.   Plastaras CT, Tsay T. Injury Prevention and Return to Competition in Biagioli B. Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning. National Council on Strength & Fitness, 623-627, 2015.

5.   Plastaras CT, Tsay T. Common Sports Injuries in Biagioli B. Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning. National Council on Strength & Fitness, 627-655, 2015.

6.   Plastaras CT, Appasamy M. Interventional Procedures for Musculoskeletal Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum: Efficacy and Safety in Fitzgerald CM, Segal NA. Musculoskeletal Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum. Springer, 115-134, 2015.

7.   Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Rittenberg JD, Conrad B, Sigler J, Dreyfuss P. "Response to Dr. Candido et al." Pain Medicine (2014) doi: 10.1111/pme.12573.

  1. Furman  MB, Plastaras CT, Popescu A, Tekmyster G, Davidoff S, Kennedy DJ. "Should Antiplatelet Medications Be Held Before Cervical Epidural Injections?" PM&R Journal 6, no. 5 (2014): 442-450.

9.      Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS. "Perioperative Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries." Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45.1 (2014): 55-63.

10.  Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS. "Perioperative Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Traction Injuries." Orthopedic Clinics of North America 45.1 (2014): 47-53.

  1. Plastaras CT, Fang J, Gleason W. Peripheral neuropathies associate with systemic disease. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=283 .  Published 9/20/14.
  2. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. "Transforaminal epidural steroid injection in the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain caused by epidural lipomatosis: A case series and review." Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation 27, no. 2 (2014): 181-190.

13.  Plastaras CT, Beery TP, Chhatre AM.  “Non-Operative Management of a Cervical Zygoapophyseal Joint Cyst: Case Report.” Journal of Pain & Relief 2(116), 2167-0846 doi:10.4172/2167-0846.1000116  2013.

14.   Vasudevan JM, Plastaras C, Becker S.  Cervical Radiculopathy in Wyss JF, Patel AD. Therapeutic Programs for Musculoskeletal Disorder, New York, DemosMedical, 279-288, 2013.

  1. Plastaras CT, Schran S, Kim N, Darr D, Chen MS. Manipulative Therapy (Feldenkrais, Massage, Chiropractic Manipulation) for Neck Pain. Current Rheumatology Reports, Volume 15, Issue 7. 2013.
  2. Plastaras CT, Fang J. Meniscus injuries of the knee. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=141 .  Published 9/20/13.

17.  Plastaras CT, Schran S, Kim N, Sorosky S, Darr D, Chen MS, Lansky R.  “Complementary and Alternative Treatment for Neck Pain: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, TENS, Massage, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Feldenkrais.”  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 2011 22 (3): 521–537.

18.  Plastaras CT, Joshi AB.  The Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Neck Pain.  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 22 (2011) 429–438, 2011.

19.  Plastaras CT, Joshi AB.  The Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Radiculopathy.  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 22(1):59-74, February 2011.

20.                       Plastaras CT, Casey E, Goodman BS, Chou L, Roth D, Rittenberg J, Intradiscal Injections Following Transforaminal Block-Etiology and Evidence for Withholding Prophylactic Antibiotics Response. Pain Medicine. 2011; 12: 1691.

21.  Plastaras CT, Pang S. Cervical Spine Injuries and Conditions. in Harrast M & Finoff, J. Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards. Demos Medical, 199-208, 2011.

22.                          Plastaras CTF-Waves in Visco CJ, Chimes GP. McLean Course in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, New York, DemosMedical, 37-41, 2011.

23.                       Bayruns TJ, Angiolillo F, Beery T, Plastaras C. “Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Following a Two Level IDET Procedure: A Case Study.” Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice Vol 23;4:2011: 198-202.

  1. Plastaras CT, Casey E, Goodman BS, Chou L, Roth D, Rittenberg J, Inadvertent Intradiscal Contrast Flow During Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: A Case Series Examining the Prevalence of Intradiscal Injection as well as Potential Associated Factors and Adverse Events. Pain Medicine. 2010; 11: 1765–1773.

25.  Cifu D, Plastaras C, Prather H. PM&R fellowship training. PM&R Journal. 2009 Dec;1(12):1104-8.

26.                          Plastaras CT,  Sowa G, Sorosky B.  Lumbar Degenerative Disc in Slipman CW, Derby R, Simeone FA, and, et al. Interventional Spine: An Algorithmic Approach, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 813-826, 2008.

27.                       Rittenberg J, Plastaras C.  Invited Review on Radiation Safety for the Spine Provider, SpineLine May/June 2006 vol 7 Issue 3, p 9-13.

  1. Plastaras C, Rittenberg, J, Rittenberg K, Press J, Akuthota V. “Comprehensive Functional Evaluation of the Injured Runner” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 16(3): 623-649, August 2005.

29.                       Frank LW, Fredericson M, Furman MB, Plastaras CT, Robinson HW. Musculoskeletal Practice After Residency. Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation Task Force, AAPM&R, 2004.

  1. Sorosky B, Press J, Plastaras C, Rittenberg J “The Practical Management of Achilles Tendinopathy” Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 14(1): 40-44, January 2004.

31.                       Press JM, Plastaras CT, Wiesner SL. Physical Modalities and Pain Management in Frontera, W (ed),  Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries, Malden, MA, Blackwell Science, 204-231, 2003.

32.                       Plastaras C.  “A New Age: RIC makes recommendations for adopting technology” feature article in Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation vol 12, number 9, September 2003, p 87-90.

  1. Plastaras CT: “Electrodiagnostic Challenges in the Evaluation of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis” Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 14:57-69, February 2003.

Contributions to peer-reviewed clinical research publications, participation cited but not by authorship:

Abstracts

1.   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. “Dexamethasone versus Particulate Steroid Injections for the Treatment of Needle Electromyography-Confirmed Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy.” Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2015 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, July 31, 2015. Pain Medicine, 2015 vol: 16, Issue 8: 1655-1656.

2.   McCormick ZL, Kotcharian A, Fang J, Chhatre A, Plastaras C. “Percutaneous Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: 8-Year Outcomes.” Poster presentation at International Spine Intervention Society – 2015 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, July 28, 2015.

3.   Sully K, Joshi A, McCormick Z, Garvan C, Plastaras CT. “Factors that Predict Satisfaction with Medical Care: Data from 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed Over 14 Years.” Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2015 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 4, 2015.

4.    Tsay T, Plastaras C, Schran S, Becker S. “Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis Treated Successfully with Physical Therapy: A Case Report.”  Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2015 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 4, 2015.

5.   Gleason W, Hahn M, Plastaras C. “Brachial Plexopathy Associated with West Nile Virus Injection: A Case Report.” Poster for the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners 2015 Research Day, Philadelphia, PA. June 4, 2015.

6.    Joshi A, McCormick Z, Sully K, Garvan C, Plastaras CT. “Abstract 112: Factors that Predict Satisfaction with Medical Care: Data from 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed Over 14 Years” Oral abstract presentation, 2015 American Occupational Health Conference, May 3, 2015,   Baltimore, MD.

7.    Bress A, Popescu A, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Where's That Vert? Anatomic Location on CTA Can Improve Safe Landing on Fluoroscopic-Guided Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Injections” Poster presented at ASNR American Society of Neuroradiology Annual meeting, Chicago, IL, April 25-30, 2015.

8.   McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ, Rivers WE, Garvan C, Temme K, Margolis S, Zander E, Rohr A, Smith MA, Plastaras CT. Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy. Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2014.

9.   McCormick Z, Margolis S, Temme K, Rivers WE, Cameron SA, Smith MA, Rohr A, Zander E, Garvan C, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras CT. Concordant Pain Provocation during Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors.  Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2014.

10.                       McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu SK, Babu AN, Walega DR, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras CT. Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection?  A Multicenter Longitudinal Study. Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session. Chicago, IL. October 2014.

11.                       McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu S, Babu A, Walega D, Marciniak C, Press J, Kennedy D, Plastaras C.  “Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction After Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Longitudinal Study” Poster 124 Pain Medicine's 31st Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, March 19-22, 2015.

12.                       McCormick Z, Cushman D, Caldwell M, Marshall B, Ghannad L, Eng C, Patel J, Makovitch S, Chu S, Walega D, Marciniak C, Press J, Babu AN, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. “Does Electrodiagnostic Confirmation of Acute or Chronic Cervical or Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Predict Pain Reduction after Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection? A Multicenter Longitudinal Study” Paper presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.

13.                       McCormick Z, Rivers WE, Margolis S, Smith M, Garvan C, Plastaras C. “Concordant Pain Provocation during Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Effect on Pain Outcome and Predictive Factors” Poster 802 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.

14.                       McCormick Z, Garvan C, Rivers WE, Margolis S, Smith M, Plastaras C, Cameron SA, Temme K. “Comparison of Pain Score Reduction Using Triamcinolone vs. Betamethasone in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy” Poster 803 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.

15.                       Axelrod A, Plastaras C, Popescu A, McCormick Z. “Pain Relief from Topical Compounded Medications” Poster 820 presentation Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, March 12, 2015.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94(3), March 2015.

16.                       Sayeed Y, Plastaras C, Appasamy M, McLaughlin C, Charles J, Joshi A, Macron D, Pukenas B. “Fluoroscopy procedure and equipment changes to reduce staff radiation exposure in the interventional spine suite” Poster presentation New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Newton, MA. December 2014.

17.                       Zhang Y, Chee A, Shi P, Adams SL, Markova D, Anderson DG, Smith HE, Deng Y, An S, Plastaras CT, An HS. “Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found Elevated in Patients with Back Pain.” The Philadelphia Spine Research Society 2014 Spine Research Symposium, University of Pennsylvania’s Smilow Center for Translational Research, Philadelphia, PA. October 28, 2014. http://www.philaspinemeeting.org/posters.html accessed 10/29/14.

18.                       McCormick Z, Cushman D, Casey E, Plastaras C. "Factors Associated with Pain Reduction after a First-time Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain." Poster 459 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014.  PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S346-S347.

19.                       McCormick Z, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Macron DS, Joshi A, Chimes GP, Smeal WL, Rittenberg JD, Kennedy DJ. "Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: Adverse Events and Predictive Factors." Poster 460 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014.  PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S347.

20.                       Nahm LS, Smuck M, Plastaras C, Schneider BJ, Kennedy DJ. "Next Day Adverse Events from Interventional Pain Procedures" Poster 457 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014.  PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S346.

21.                       Schneider BJ, Smuck M, Plastaras C,  Nahm LS, Maus TP, Kennedy DJ. "Delayed Complications Following Interventional Pain Procedures" Poster 458 for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in San Diego, CA October 2014.  PM&R Journal 6, no. 9 (2014): S346.

22.                       Sayeed Y, Plastaras C, Appasamy M, McLaughlin C, Charles J, Joshi A, Macron D, Pukenas B. “Fluoroscopy procedure and equipment changes to reduce staff radiation exposure in the interventional spine suite” Poster Presentation, Hal Wanger Family Medicine Conference, Morgantown, WV September 2014.

23.                       Carr CM, Plastaras C,  Pingree MJ, Smuck M,  Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick Z, Kennedy DJ.  “Adverse Event Rates in Interventional Spine Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study”.  Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1436. 

24.                       El-Yahchouchi CA, Plastaras C, Maus TP,  Carr CM, McCormick Z,  Geske JR, Smuck M Pingree MJ, Kennedy DJ.  “Complication rates of transforaminal and interlaminar epidural steroid injections: a multi-institutional study”.  Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1437. 

25.                       McCormick Z, Cushman D, Garvan C, Casey E, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. “Factors Associated with Pain Reduction after a First-time Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbrosacral Radicular Pain.”  Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1441. 

26.                       McCormick Z, Plastaras C, Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A, Chimes G, Smeal W, Rittenberg J,  Kennedy DJ. “Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: Adverse Events and Predictive Factors.” Research Abstract at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2014 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL. Pain Medicine, 2014 vol: 15, Issue 8: 1441. 

27.                       McCormick Z, Plastaras C,  Garvan C, Macron D, Joshi A. "Adverse events associated with fluoroscopically guided zygapophyseal joint injections." Poster 488 presented at The 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, Tampa, FL. Journal of Pain, April 2014, Volume 15, Issue 4, Supplement, Page S98.

 

28.                       Nguyen C, Harsha A, Stein J, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Spinal pain injections.” American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA May 2014.

29.                       Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Sigler JD, Smuck M, Conrad B, Dreyfuss P. “Multi-center Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Particulate versus Non-Particulate Corticosteroids via Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injection for Acute Unilateral, Uni-level Radicular Pain due to Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.  Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. PM&R Journal. Volume 5 Issue 9 Supplement, September 2013, Page S133.

30.                       Kennedy DJ, Schneider BJ, Conrad B, Casey E, Plastaras C. “Vasovagal Rates in Fluoroscopically Guided Interventional Procedures: A Study of Over 8000 Injections. Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. PM&R Journal. Volume 5 Issue 9 Supplement, September 2013, Page S304.

31.                       Schneider BJ, Casey E, Plastaras C, Smuck M, Conrad B, Kennedy DJ. Trainee Involvement in Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Associated with Increased Incidence of Vasovagal Reactions.  Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 4, 2013. PM&R Journal. Volume 5, Issue 9, Supplement, September 2013, Page S296.

32.                       Schneider B, Plastaras C, Kennedy DJ. “The Use of Conscious Sedation for the Secondary Prevention of Adverse Vasovagal Reactions”. Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – July 16, 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY.

33.                       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.

34.                       Chhatre A, Plastaras C, Pukenas B. “Acute Chest Pain During a Cervical Interlaminar Injection”. Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – July 16, 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY.

35.                       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 – July  16, 2013 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, New York, NY.

36.                       Sung W, Abraham M, Plastaras C, Silfies S, Wattananon P. “Trunk Neuromuscular Control is Impaired in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain and Improves Following a Lumbar Stabilization Program.” Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16, 2012. PM&R Journal vol:4 iss:10 2012: S187.

37.                       Plastaras C, Becker S, Pukenas B, Schran S. “Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis Treated Successfully with Physical Therapy:   A Case Report.”  Poster for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly and Technical Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16, 2012. PM&R Journal vol:4 iss:10 2012:S208.

38.                       Popescu A, Plastaras C, McLaughlin C, Sanderson S, Lee J. ”C-arm fluoroscope angle settings for fluoroscopically guided lumbar transforaminal epidural injections”. Poster Presentation at the International Spine Intervention Society – 2012 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL. 

39.                       Won Sung W, Silfies SP, Wattananon P, Abraham M, Plastaras C. “Trunk Neuromuscular Control is Impaired in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain and Improves Following a Lumbar Stabilization Program” Drexel Research Day, April 19, 2012, Philadelphia, PA.

40.                       Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carniero K, Cucchiara A, Lee J, Press J, McClean J. “Hip Abductor Strength in Pre-Clinical Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome”.  Journal of PM&R, 2011 vol:3 iss:10 pg:S257.  Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 72nd Annual Assembly, November 17-20, 2011, Orlando, Florida.      

41.                       McCormick Z, Plastaras C.  “Efficacy of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Lumbosacral Radicular Pain in Obese, Overweight, and Non-overweight Populations; a Pilot Study”.  Journal of PM&R, 2011 vol:3 iss:10 pg:S279.  Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 72nd Annual Assembly, November 17-20, 2011, Orlando, Florida.

42.                       McCormick Z, Plastaras C.  “Efficacy of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Radicular Lumbosacral Pain Caused by Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis: A Case Series”.  Journal of PM&R, 2011 vol:3 iss:10 pg:S239.  Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 72nd Annual Assembly, November 17-20, 2011, Orlando, Florida.

43.                       Bayruns TJ, Angiolillo F, Beery T, Plastaras C. “Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Following a Two Level IDET Procedure: A Case Study” Poster Presentation, Awarded “Best Case Report”. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Conference, Valley Forge PA, October 14-16, 2011.

44.                       McCormick Z, Plastaras C. “Efficacy of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Lumbosacral Radicular Pain in Obese, Overweight and Non-overweight Populations; a pilot study” International Spine Intervention Society 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, August 11-13, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.

45.                       Macron D, Chimes GP, Garvan C, Plastaras C, Rittenberg JD, Smeal WL. “Informing the Consent Process: Adverse Effects of Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbar Zygapophyseal Joint Injections” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 71th Annual Assembly, November 3-6, 2010, Seattle, Washington.  PM&R Journal Vol 2, Issue 9S, 2010: S59, October, 2010.

46.                       Joshi A, Chimes GP, Fitzgerald CM, Garvan C,  Plastaras C, Rittenberg JD, Smeal WL. “Informing the Consent Process: Adverse Effects of Fluoroscopically Guided Sacroliliac Joint Injections” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 71th Annual Assembly, November 3-6, 2010, Seattle, Washington.  PM&R Journal Vol 2, Issue 9S, 2010: S59, October, 2010.

47.                       Casey EK, Chou LH, Goodman BS, Plastaras C, Roth, DC. “Inadvertant Intradiskal Contrast Flow During Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: A case series examining the occurrence of intradiskal injection as well as potential risk factors and adverse events” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 70th Annual Assembly, October 22-25, 2009, Austin, Texas.  PM&R Journal Vol 1, Issue 9S, 2009: S216, October, 2009.

48.                       Fitzgerald C, Mallinson T, Plastaras C. “A Preliminary Study Of The Efficacy Of Pubic Symphysis Corticosteroid Injections In The Treatment Of Chronic Pelvic Pain” Poster presentation at the 2009 IPPS Annual Meeting, October 16-18, 2009, Phoenix, AZ.

49.                       Casey E, Roth D, Plastaras C, Rittenberg J, Chou L, Goodman BS. “Inadvertant Intradiscal Contrast Flow During Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections: A case series examining the occurrence of intradiscal injection as well as potential risk factors and adverse events” Poster Presentation. International Spine Intervention Society 17th Annual Scientific Meeting, July 22-25, 2009, Toronto, Ontario Canada.

50.                       Sigler JD, McLean JP, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Rittenberg JD: “Digital Subtraction – Does It Matter? The Rate of Intravascular Uptake in Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with and without Digital Subtraction” Accepted Paper Presentation. International Spine Intervention Society 17th Annual Scientific Meeting, July 22-25, 2009, Toronto, Ontario Canada.

51.                       Smuck M, Maxwell M, Kennedy D, Rittenberg J, Plastaras C: “Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections”.  North American Spine Society Podium Presentation – Best Papers Session, San Francisco, California, November 11, 2009.

52.                       Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Visco CJ: “Programmatic Design for Teaching Residents the Fundamentals of Spinal Procedure: A Prospective Multiyear Analysis”.  Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. Colorado Springs, CO, February, 2009.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 88(3) Supplement 1: S66, March 2009

53.                       Smuck M, Maxwell M, Kennedy DJ, Rittenberg J, Plastaras C: “Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections”Accepted Poster Presentation.  North American Spine Society 24th Annual Meeting 2009.

54.                       Plastaras CT, Casey E, Carneiro K: “Knee Injury-Cycling” - Vertical knee tibial plateau fracture – Cycling: A case report, 56th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, Washington, May 29, 2009.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 41:5 Supplement. 

55.                       Sigler JD, McLean JP, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Rittenberg JD: “Digital Subtraction – Does It Matter? The Rate of Intravascular Uptake in Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with and without Digital Subtraction” Poster Presentation. American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, San Diego, 2008 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation [0003-9993] Sigler yr:2008 vol:89 iss:11 pg:96

56.                       Marciniak C, Feldman E, Lai J, Lento P, Plastaras CT, Sered H: “Median Nerve High-Resolution Ultrasonographic Measures: Correlates with Median Nerve Conduction Studies in Normal Subjects” Poster Presentation.  American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, San Diego, 2008. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Volume 89, Issue 11, Pages e86-e87, November 2008.

57.                       Marciniak C, Feldman E, Lai J, Lento P, Plastaras CT, Sered H: “The Effects of Demographic and Anthropomorphic Characteristics on Median Ultrasonographic Measurements” Poster Presentation.  American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, San Diego, 2008. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Volume 89, Issue 11, Pages e90, November 2008.

58.                       Chimes GP, McLean JP, Plastaras CT: “An innovative, self-perpetuating anatomy curriculum for PM&R residents” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 86(4): S92, 2007 April.  Association of Academic Physiatrist Annual Meeting. San Juan, PR

59.                       Plastaras CT, Rittenberg JD, Sorosky BS, Chimes GP: “Programmatic design for teaching residents the fundamentals of spinal procedures” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 86(4): S114, 2007 April.  Association of Academic Physiatrist Annual Meeting.

60.                       McLean JP, Stier K, Visco C, Garstand S, Chimes GP, Plastaras CT: “A Course in the basics of electrodiagnostics for PGY-2 residents” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 86(4): S145, 2007 April.  Association of Academic Physiatrist Annual Meeting.

61.                       Smeal WL, Plastaras CT, Garvan C, Eggers MB, Bosse A: “Complications of Fluoroscopically Guided, Contrast-Enhanced Injections of the Lumbar Spine”, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 87(11): e39, 2006 November

62.                       Plastaras CT, Heller DS, Sorosky BS, Houle TT: “Pain Reproduction During Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Does Not Affect Outcome”, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 87(11): e22, 2006 November

63.                       Slipman CW,  Plastaras C, Patel R, Isaac Z, Chow D, Garvan C, Pauza K, Furman MB, Provocative Cervical Discography Symptom Mapping, PASSOR Research Presentation, American Academy of Physical Medicine Annual Assembly, October 9, 2003

64.                       Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Patel R, Chow D, Furman M, Pauza K: “Provocative Cervical Discographic Symptom Mapping,” 17th Annual Conference of North American Spine Society, October 2002.

65.                       Slipman CW, Plastaras C, Patel R, Chow D, Furman M, Pauza K: “Provocative Cervical Discographic Symptom Mapping” Proceedings of the Cervical Spine Research Group, September 2002.

66.                       Plastaras CT, D’Amore K, Marciniak C: “The Effect of Interelectrode Distance On Sural Nerve Action Potential Parameters,” American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 79(2): 210-211, 2000 Mar/Apr.

67.                       Plastaras CT, Mullin MS, Fillmore J, Moses ML, Roth EJ: “Influencing Prescribing Behavior: A Simple Educational Intervention Is Associated With Cost Savings.”  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 80(9): 1176, 1999 Sept.

68.                       DeLuca KG, Irwin RW, Plastaras CT, Goldman J: “Neurosarcoidosis Without Other Systemic Manifestations.”  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(2): 176, 1998 Mar/Apr.

69.                       Slipman, CW, Plastaras CT, Palmitier RA, Huston CW, Sterenfeld EB: “Symptom Provocation of Fluoroscopically Guided Cervical Nerve Root Stimulation: Are Dynatomal Maps Identical to Dermatomal Maps?”  Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of North American Spine Society, October 1997. 

70.                       Slipman CW, Meyers AM, Plastaras CT, Yang ST: “Therapeutic Zygapophyseal Joint Injections for Headaches Emanating from the C2-3 Joint.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 78(9): 1022, 1997 Sept.

71.                       Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Huston CW, Jackson HB: “Outcomes of Nerve Root Blocks for Whiplash Induced Cervical Radiculitis.” Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of North American Spine Society, October 1996.

72.                       Slipman CW, Plastaras CT, Yang ST, Huston CW, Bacanskos D: “Outcomes of Therapeutic Fluoroscopically Guided Sacroiliac Joint Injections for Definitive Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 937, 1996 Sept.

73.                       Slipman CW, Anghel B, Plastaras CT, Huston CW, Bacanskos D: “Conservative Management of Synovial Cyst Induced Radiculopathy.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 957, 1996 Sept.

74.                       Slipman CW, Yang ST, Plastaras CT, Huston CW: “Cervical Facet Joint: An Unusual Cause of Bilateral Headaches.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 957, 1996 Sept.

75.                       Slipman CW, Anghel B, Plastaras CT, Huston CW, Bacanskos D: “Percutaneous Aspiration of Lumbar Facet Joint Synovial Cyst: Case Presentation.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 77(9): 957, 1996 Sept.