Dr. Christopher Plastaras, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation •  Male • Age 49

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Dr. Christopher Plastaras, MD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist in Elkins Park, PA and has been practicing for 19 years. He specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation, sports medicine, and more.


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3.3

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)
very high
very high

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
Arthritis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Plastaras treats Arthritis more than 98% of his peers

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acute Gout
  • Allergic Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Foot
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthritis of the Toe
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Juvenile Gout
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Wear & Tear Arthritis

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 been practicing for 19 years. He specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation, sports medicine, and more.

Specialties

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

Board Certifications

  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Education

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

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • “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
  • “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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2nd place abstract award at Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session, October 2014
  • 2 nd place abstract award: Midwest Pain Society Scientific Session, October 2015
  • Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, Emory University, 1993
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, Emory University, 1995
  • 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
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Emory University, 1995
  • Harris Resident, Recognition for demonstrating academic excellence through educational initiative and motivation for learning. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1998
  • Harrison Memorial Fund Grant Award, $5,000 grant to fund physical therapy visit copays for patients that cannot afford it, August 2011
  • Outstanding Spanish Student, Emory University, 1993

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

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68% Patient experience rating, 1% lower than the national average