Christopher Plastaras

TitleAssoc Professor
InstitutionThomas Jefferson University
DepartmentRehabilitation Medicine
Address132 S. 10th St.
Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone215-663-6856
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    1. Dillingham TR, Annaswamy TM, Plastaras CT. Evaluation of persons with suspected lumbosacral and cervical radiculopathy: Electrodiagnostic assessment and implications for treatment and outcomes (Part II). Muscle Nerve. 2020 10; 62(4):474-484. PMID: 32564381.
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    2. Dillingham TR, Annaswamy TM, Plastaras CT. Evaluation of persons with suspected lumbosacral and cervical radiculopathy: Electrodiagnostic assessment and implications for treatment and outcomes (Part I). Muscle Nerve. 2020 10; 62(4):462-473. PMID: 32557709.
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    3. Dillingham T, Kenia J, Popescu A, Plastaras C, Becker S, Shofer F. Pain Outcomes with an Elliptical Regimen (POWER) Study: Identifying the Proper Dosage of Exercise for Therapeutic Effect in Persons with Chronic Back Pain. J Phys Med Rehabil. 2020; 2(2):23-28. PMID: 32705088.
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    4. McCormick ZL, Lehman VT, Plastaras CT, Walega DR, Huddleston P, Moussallem C, Geske JR, Verdoorn JT, Kennedy DJ, Maus TP, Carr CM. Low-Pressure Lumbar Provocation Discography According to Spine Intervention Society/International Association for the Study of Pain Standards Does Not Cause Acceleration of Disc Degeneration in Patients With Symptomatic Low Back Pain: A 7-Year Matched Cohort Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Oct 01; 44(19):E1161-E1168. PMID: 31261283.
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    5. Akuthota V, Marshall B, Boimbo S, Osborne MC, Garvan CS, Garvan GJ, Buzanowska M, Sauerwein K, Sridhar BV, Plastaras CT. Clinical Course of Motor Deficits from Lumbosacral Radiculopathy Due to Disk Herniation. PM R. 2019 08; 11(8):807-814. PMID: 30689304.
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    6. Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Nguyen C, Schuster JM, Pukenas B. "Scout No Scan" Technique Reduces Patient Radiation Exposure During CT-Guided Spine Biopsy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Nov; 209(5):1158-1161. PMID: 28834446.
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    7. Zhang Y, Chee A, Shi P, Adams SL, Markova DZ, Anderson DG, Smith HE, Deng Y, Plastaras CT, An HS. Intervertebral Disc Cells Produce Interleukins Found in Patients with Back Pain. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Jun; 95(6):407-15. PMID: 26495812.
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    8. Carr CM, Plastaras CT, Pingree MJ, Smuck M, Maus TP, Geske JR, El-Yahchouchi CA, McCormick ZL, Kennedy DJ. Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain Med. 2016 12; 17(12):2155-2161. PMID: 28025351.
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    9. 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. Pain Reduction and Repeat Injections After Transforaminal Epidural Injection With Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Steroid?for the Treatment of Chronic Painful Lumbosacral?Radiculopathy. PM R. 2016 11; 8(11):1039-1045. PMID: 27060648.
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    10. Safaeian P, Mattie R, Hahn M, Plastaras CT, McCormick ZL. Novel Treatment of Radicular Pain With a Multi-Mechanistic Combination Topical Agent: A Case Series and Literature Review. Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Apr; 6(2):e33322. PMID: 27252902.
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    11. McCormick ZL, Slipman C, Kotcharian A, Chhatre A, Bender FJ, Salam A, Menkin S, Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C. Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective Long-Term Outcome Study. Pain Med. 2016 06; 17(6):1023-1030. PMID: 26917626.
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    12. El-Yahchouchi CA, Plastaras CT, Maus TP, Carr CM, McCormick ZL, Geske JR, Smuck M, Pingree MJ, Kennedy DJ. Adverse Event Rates Associated with Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pain Med. 2016 Feb; 17(2):239-49. PMID: 26593277.
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    13. Joshi AB, McCormick ZL, Sully K, Garvan C, Plastaras CT. Factors That Predict Satisfaction With Medical Care: Data From 27,212 Injured Workers Surveyed for 14 Years. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jan; 58(1):101-7. PMID: 26565708.
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    14. Plastaras CT, Popescu A, McLaughlin CA, Sanderson SO, Biaesch AG, Bosley JC, Kaplan B, Pukenas BA. C-Arm Fluoroscope Angle Settings for Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injections. Pain Med. 2016 05; 17(5):832-8. PMID: 26814249.
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    15. 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. McCormick Z et al. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2015 Apr 16 [EPUB AHEAD OF PRINT]. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Dec; 94(12):e122-4. PMID: 26334424.
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    16. 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. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Dec; 94(12):1058-64. PMID: 25888660.
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    17. Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carneiro K, Cucchiara A, Press J, McLean J, Caldera F. Is Hip Abduction Strength Asymmetry Present in Female Runners in the Early Stages of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Am J Sports Med. 2016 Jan; 44(1):105-12. PMID: 26566993.
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    18. Plastaras C, Tsay T, Schran S, Zhang Y, Becker S, Pukenas B. Vertebral Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor (BNCT) as an Incidental Finding in Cervical Radiculitis. PM R. 2015 Nov; 7(11):1198-1200. PMID: 26261025.
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    19. 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. J Nat Sci. 2015 Aug; 1(8). PMID: 26251843.
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    20. Plastaras C, McCormick ZL, 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. Spine J. 2015 Oct 01; 15(10):2157-65. PMID: 26065819.
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    21. 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. Spine J. 2015 Aug 01; 15(8):1772-82. PMID: 25862508.
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    22. 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 Med. 2015 May; 16(5):870-6. PMID: 25715989.
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    23. 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. 2015 Jan-Feb; 18(1):E19-26. PMID: 25675066.
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    24. Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. The use of moderate sedation for the secondary prevention of adverse vasovagal reactions. Pain Med. 2015 Apr; 16(4):673-9. PMID: 25529469.
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    25. Kennedy DJ, Plastaras C, Casey E, Visco CJ, Rittenberg JD, Conrad B, Sigler J, Dreyfuss P. Response to Dr. Candido et?al. Pain Med. 2014 Nov; 15(11):1977-8. PMID: 25338774.
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    26. 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. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Dec; 95(12):2350-6. PMID: 25108099.
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    27. 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. 2014 Jul-Aug; 17(4):297-304. PMID: 25054389.
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    28. Furman MB, Plastaras CT, Popescu A, Tekmyster G, Davidoff S, Kennedy DJ. Should antiplatelet medications be held before cervical epidural injections? PM R. 2014 May; 6(5):442-50. PMID: 24863733.
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    29. 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. 2014 Oct; 6(10):914-9. PMID: 24755514.
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    30. 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 Med. 2014 Apr; 15(4):548-55. PMID: 24393129.
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    31. McCormick Z, Plastaras C. Transforaminal epidural steroid injection in the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain caused by epidural lipomatosis: a case series and review. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2014; 27(2):181-90. PMID: 24254495.
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    32. 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 Dec; 32(12):2091-8. PMID: 24277890.
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    33. 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 Nov-Dec; 16(6):E731-8. PMID: 24284854.
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    34. Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS. Perioperative upper extremity peripheral nerve traction injuries. Orthop Clin North Am. 2014 Jan; 45(1):47-53. PMID: 24267206.
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    35. Plastaras CT, Chhatre A, Kotcharian AS. Perioperative lower extremity peripheral nerve traction injuries. Orthop Clin North Am. 2014 Jan; 45(1):55-63. PMID: 24267207.
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    36. Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Casey E, Rittenberg J, Conrad B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. Vasovagal rates in flouroscopically guided interventional procedures: a study of over 8,000 injections. Pain Med. 2013 Dec; 14(12):1854-9. PMID: 24118835.
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    37. Plastaras C, Schran S, Kim N, Darr D, Chen MS. Manipulative therapy (Feldenkrais, massage, chiropractic manipulation) for neck pain. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2013 Jul; 15(7):339. PMID: 23666468.
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    38. Visco CJ, Kennedy DJ, Chimes GP, Rittenberg J, McLean J, Dawson P, Margolis S, Lento P, 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. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Mar; 92(3):248-57. PMID: 23051759.
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    39. 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. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2013; 26(2):183-8. PMID: 23640320.
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    40. Plastaras CT, Joshi AB, Garvan C, Chimes GP, Smeal W, Rittenberg J, Lento P, Stanos S, Fitzgerald C. Adverse events associated with fluoroscopically guided sacroiliac joint injections. PM R. 2012 Jul; 4(7):473-8. PMID: 22543036.
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    41. 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 Med. 2011 Dec; 12(12):1831-5. PMID: 22082118.
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    42. 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. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2011 Aug; 22(3):521-37, ix. PMID: 21824591.
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    43. Plastaras CT, Joshi AB. The electrodiagnostic evaluation of neck pain. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2011 Aug; 22(3):429-38, viii. PMID: 21824584.
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    44. Plastaras CT, Joshi AB. The electrodiagnostic evaluation of radiculopathy. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2011 Feb; 22(1):59-74. PMID: 21292145.
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    45. 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 Med. 2010 Dec; 11(12):1765-73. PMID: 20807341.
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    46. Smuck M, Maxwell MD, Kennedy D, Rittenberg JD, Lansberg MG, Plastaras CT. Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections. Spine J. 2010 Oct; 10(10):857-64. PMID: 20692210.
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    47. Cifu D, Plastaras C, Prather H. PM&R fellowship training. PM R. 2009 Dec; 1(12):1104-8. PMID: 20006318.
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    48. 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. 2009 Jul; 1(7):636-42. PMID: 19627957.
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    49. Fasen JM, O'Connor AM, Schwartz SL, Watson JO, Plastaras CT, Garvan CW, Bulcao C, Johnson SC, Akuthota V. A randomized controlled trial of hamstring stretching: comparison of four techniques. J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Mar; 23(2):660-7. PMID: 19204565.
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    50. Plastaras CT, Marciniak CM, Sipple DP, D'Amore KG, Garvan C, Zaman SM. Effect of interelectrode distance on sural nerve action potential parameters. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Mar; 87(3):183-8. PMID: 18287816.
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    51. Plastaras CT, Rittenberg JD, Rittenberg KE, Press J, Akuthota V. Comprehensive functional evaluation of the injured runner. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2005 Aug; 16(3):623-49. PMID: 16005397.
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    52. 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. Am J Sports Med. 2005 Aug; 33(8):1224-30. PMID: 16000656.
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    53. Slipman CW, Plastaras C, Patel R, Isaac Z, Chow D, Garvan C, Pauza K, Furman M. Provocative cervical discography symptom mapping. Spine J. 2005 Jul-Aug; 5(4):381-8. PMID: 15996607.
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    54. Sorosky B, Press J, Plastaras C, Rittenberg J. The practical management of Achilles tendinopathy. Clin J Sport Med. 2004 Jan; 14(1):40-4. PMID: 14712165.
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    55. Plastaras CT. Electrodiagnostic challenges in the evaluation of lumbar spinal stenosis. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2003 Feb; 14(1):57-69. PMID: 12622482.
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