Spine & Sports Medicine
Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Director, Spine, Sports, & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship
|Christopher Plastaras, MD|
Christopher T. Plastaras, MD joined the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as Assistant Professor of PM&R as the Director of the Penn Spine Center in 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. 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 Spine and Sports 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.
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
Transitional 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 Certified, Sports Medicine
Board Certified, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
BOOK CHAPTERS AND REVIEWS
Plastaras CT, Fang J. Meniscus injuries of the knee. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://now.aapmr.org/msk/disorders-lower-limb/Pages/Meniscus-injuries-of-the-knee.aspx. Published 9/20/13.
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.
Vasudevan JM, Plastaras C, Becker S. Cervical Radiculopathy in Wyss JF, Patel AD. Therapeutic Programs for Musculoskeletal Disorder, New York, DemosMedical, 279-288, 2013.
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.
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.
Plastaras CT. F-Waves in Visco CJ, Chimes GP. McLean Course in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, New York, DemosMedical, 37-41, 2011.
Cifu D, Plastaras C, Prather H. PM&R fellowship training. PM&R. 2009 Dec;1(12):1104-8.
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.
Press JM, Plastaras CT, Wiesner SL. Physical Modalities and Pain Management in Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries. Frontera, W (ed), 204-231
Rittenberg J, Plastaras C. Invited Review on Radiation Safety for the Spine Provider, SpineLine 2006