Dr. Christopher Plastaras, MD

Dr. Christopher Plastaras, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation •  Male • Age 50

  
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dr. Christopher Plastaras, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in Elkins Park, PA and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine medical school in 1996. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Plastaras to book an appointment.


Locations

Moss Rehab Physical Medicine Associates

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(215) 395-2472
Einstein Practice Plan, Inc60 Township Line Rd Elkins Park, PA 19027
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12 S 23 St Ofc Ctr Philadelphia, PA 19103
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  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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3.4

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Dr Plastaras is an amazing physician & person. I have never had an appointment with him that he was not concerned about how everything was going in my life, not just my spine. There are very few doctors that take the time to do this with patients, I appreciated that total person care. The pain issues with my spine are taken seriously, options are offered and we discuss the options as a team & outcomes are always 100% positive. Dr. Plastaras is the best I could ask for.
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Happy Patient – Jan 22, 2020
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Dr. Plastaras is a phenomenal physician. He is knowledgeable in many aspects of medicine, not just in his specialty. He treats the entire person not just their spine as a separate entity, he looks into the physical as well as what’s occurring in his patient’s life. I trust him 100% & am thankful I have him as my doctor.
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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PA – Aug 02, 2019
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Dr Plastaras is one of the most compassionate and skilled physicians I have ever met. I was referred to him by another extremely grateful patient when I was suffering from a pinched nerve in my neck that other doctors had been unable to treat. I have since referred many of my own patients, family and friends to Dr Plastaras, and everyone has been exceptionally satisfied. Just wish there were more physicians like him.
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  • Listened & answered questions
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Fran in Philadephia, PA – Apr 28, 2019
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This review is for Dr. Plastaras not his fellows. He is a wonderful doctor. He listened to me and restored my faith in the system and the possibility of an accurate diagnosis and getting better. He knowlegdeable and supportive and he cares.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Leah H. in Philadelphia – Aug 01, 2018
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No compassion at all. One of those "cowboy" docs who just sees a body part to work on—not a person. During an excruciating!!! spinal injection, which I had to stop, he asked if he could go on. More pain, didn’t care that I was crying from the trauma. No comment from him or OR staff. PTSD ensued.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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May 31, 2018
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This "doctor" has an over inflated ego and zero compassion for his patients. When I asked to be referred to a surgeon, he told me "I'll refer you to someone who has been in practice for 30 years, but if he doesn't think your case is bad enough, he doesn't need your business" Dr. Plastaras treated me as though I am uneducated and not in pain when I've had an injury for 11 years and consulted numerous spine specialists. Dr. Plastaras treated me like a client, not a patient. Don't waste your time
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Valerie McDonnell in Franklinville NJ – Mar 28, 2018
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Dr Plastaras and his staff, including Fellows, have gone above and beyond to locate and identify the source of, and treat my pain. I would recommend Dr Plastaras to anyone experiencing spine or skeletal related pain.
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Mar 02, 2018
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Condescending and entitled
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Dr. Plastaras' Top Procedures and Conditions

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Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Plastaras treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Plastaras treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Plastaras treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Plastaras treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Intervertebral Disc Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Plastaras treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Plastaras treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Plastaras' conditions and procedures:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Back Injuries
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Confusion
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dystonia
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Polymyositis
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Post-Operative Physical Therapy
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tic Disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

About Me

Biography

Dr. Christopher Plastaras, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in Elkins Park, PA and has over 24 years of experience in the medical...Read more

Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

2000
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Residency Hospital
1997
Einstein Medical Center, Transitional Internship
Internship Hospital
1996
University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
Medical School

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Outstanding Spanish Student, Emory University, 1993
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Education Contributions 7/1/09 to 11/30/09 Penn Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 12/21/2009
  • U.S. Bone & Joint Decade Young Clinical Investigators Initiative Workshop Awarded by the United States Bone and Joint Decade Research Committee to promising junior faculty researchers that have been nominated by their department chair, March 28-29, 2009
  • Best Musculoskeletal Medicine Research Poster Presentation 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.”, November 17, 2012
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, Emory University, 1995
  • “Best Case Report”. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association 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, Va, October 14-16, 2011
  • North American Spine Society – Best Papers Session (<1% of submissions achieve this recognition) 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” San Francisco, California, November 11, 2009
  • Harrison Memorial Fund Grant Award, $5,000 grant to fund physical therapy visit copays for patients that cannot afford it, August 2011
  • U.S. Bone & Joint Decade Young Clinical Investigators Initiative Workshop Awarded by the United States Bone and Joint Decade Research Committee to promising junior faculty researchers that have been nominated by their department chair, May 2-4, 2008
  • Honorable Mention Award in the DEBUT Biomedical Challenge Alpha version constructed: “The Falcon Project: InjectAlign – A Spinal Injection Guidance Device” Collaborators: Mahesh Murali, Michelle Bubear, Gabriel Seidner, Paweorn Angsutararux Plastaras role: Expert Advisor Undergraduate Senior Design, April 30, 2012
  • “Dynamic Docs” most skilled and best trained physicians – PhiladelphiaLife Magazine. Readers casted votes on PhiladelphiaLifeMag.com to tell which physicians they turn to when it comes to keeping them and their families healthy., August 2013
  • Best Pain & Spine Medicine Podium Presentation, October 4, 2013
  • Helen Cooper Award, Voted as best senior resident teacher by peers Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2000
  • Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, Emory University, 1993
  • Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student. Temple University, 1993
  • 2nd place abstract award at Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session, October 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Emory University, 1995
  • Walter E. Heller Fellowship, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1999
  • 2 nd place abstract award: Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session, October 2015
  • “Best Case Report”. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association 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., October 14-16, 2011
  • “Best Docs” – SuburbanLife - PhiladelphiaLife Magazine. Best Doctors 2015-2016 :A healthy dose of the area’s leading physicians, as chosen by their peers and our readers. Named one of 24 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians in the Philadelphia region., August 2015
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Awarded by the Northwestern University Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents in recognition of excellence in teaching and outstanding commitment to education, 2005
  • Outstanding Performance in Problem Based Learning Awarded by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in recognition of outstanding performance in Problem Based Learning 2006- 2007, 2007
  • Harris Resident, Recognition for demonstrating academic excellence through educational initiative and motivation for learning. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1998
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Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Member
  • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Member
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists, Member
  • Division of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System, Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • KaiserFreedman Spine and Sports Clinical Fellowship at RIC Northwestern University Northwestern University Medical School Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Co-Director
  • Medical Informatics Resident Computer Lab Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Co-Director
  • Musculoskeletal Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Medicine MossRehab, Co-Director
  • North American Spine Society, Member
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Associate Director
  • Opioid Prescription Reduction Workgroup Member University of Pennsylvania Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System, Member
  • Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Member
  • Penn Spine Center University of Pennsylvania Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System, Director
  • Penn Spine Center University of Pennsylvania Health System Spine Service Line University of Pennsylvania Health System Neuroscience Service Line, Physician
  • Penn Spine Sports Musculoskeletal Clinical Fellowship University of Pennsylvania Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania Health System, Director
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Northwestern University Medical School Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Intervention Society, Member
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Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

63% Patient experience rating, 6% lower than the national average

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018)

Pennsylvania Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

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