About ActiveCare PT:

  • Our therapists are licensed in New York State and active members in the American Physical Therapy Association. We have advanced training in joint mobilization and myofascial release techniques.
  • We are dedicated practitioners with a passion for the profession and a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment and healing. We treat each patient as an individual and treat the whole person, with a plan of care designed to meet the patient’s set goals for health, functionality and a return to work, tasks and activities. We network with a team of physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists in order to provide guidance to other modalities that may be effective in the patients’ care.
  • Physical Therapist and owner Karena Wu is a graduate of the Program in Physical Therapy at Columbia University and is affiliated with several healthcare organizations in New York City. She is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Pilates Instructor, and uses SpiderTech Taping.
  • ActiveCare is primarily an out-of-network facility. We accept all insurance with out-of-network benefits and file for most major insurance plans. We work with all prospective patients to create workable payment plans regardless of insurance coverage.
  • ActiveCare accepts Medicare, No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation patients depending on schedule availability.
  • ActiveCare’s administrators provide seamless and efficient concierge-style client service to all of our patients. And the whole ActiveCare team makes sure your time with us is a beneficial, productive and enjoyable experience.


ActiveCare Physical Therapy, Inc.

FMS AND SFMA Certified
12 W 37th St. Ste. 1202
New York, NY 10018
(212) 777-4374


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How to Build and Maintain Muscle Mass as You Age

Dr. Karena Wu has over 18 years of clinical physical therapy experience. That also means that she, herself has experienced the aging process as she has progressed through her career path. After 30, the body loses one pound of muscle mass every year. Everyone needs to maintain lean muscle mass for maintenance of joint health, metabolism, balance and daily and recreational activity participation. Dr. Wu comments on this process in this story. To read the story, click here.

How to Exercise With Arthritis to Alleviate Pain and Stiffness

The 2018 NYC Walk to Cure Arthritis is right around the corner. Dr. Karena Wu has been working with the NYC Arthritis Foundation since 2012 and on Sunday, May 19th, Team ActiveCare will participate again in the NYC walk. She was diagnosed when she was 35 years of age and it is one of the most common conditions she treats in her practice at ActiveCare Physical Therapy. Team ActiveCare PT is sponsoring a booth to educate the participants of how to manage this condition. Exercise is important in people with arthritis but the right exercise and the right amount is even more important. To read the story, click here.

Quality Matters in Physical Therapy, Here’s Why.


ActiveCare Physical Therapy in NYC and Mumbai is all about quality. In fact, we are so concerned with it that we are known as the Best PT in NYC. The physical therapists at ActiveCare put their best effort into their professionalism, their continuing education, their skill set and their bedside manner. Dr. Karena Wu has over 18 years of experience and multiple certifications under her belt. She works continuously on training her associates to deliver the best quality physical therapy as consistently as possible. The reviews demonstrate the therapists ability and the expectation of any patient in our offices. To read the story, click here.

8 Surprising Things Giving You a Headache

Living in New York City means we schlep a lot of things around. Sometimes we don’t even realize how much we are carrying around. There can be a lot of external causes of a headache and Dr. Karena Wu is quoted on one that affects your posture. Any extra load is transmitted down the spine and muscular imbalances create undue stress on certain structures. Eventually, they have a breaking point and this can be the cause of your headache. To read her quote, click here.

Hello Giggles: Is using a waist trainer safe? Kylie Jenner is the latest celeb to promote the controversial product

The waist trainer is a ‘snap back’ product that celebrities use to get back in shape quickly. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was first used on Dr. Oz to discuss the issues with using these products. The waist trainer is an extreme training product that can create change aesthetically but can also wreak havoc on the physical systems. Hello Giggles reached out to Dr. Wu to discuss the implications with using this product. To read the story, click here.

TFS: January 2018: The Perils of Poor Posture

Dr. Karena Wu’s latest article is on poor posture. Poor posture can have detrimental effects on other parts of the body and can affect other systems that you would not normally correlate with your posture. NYC weather in 2018 has been challenging and we are still struggling with the cold temperatures. The lack of change to spring temperatures is wreaking havoc on people’s systems because they are still shivering in the cold outside. That, combined with the mental stress of not enjoying a spring season can exacerbate the already poor posture we can exhibit when trapped indoors. To read about how posture affects the whole system, view below.




Pilates For Rehabilitation

Dr. Karena Wu has been using Pilates in rehabilitation since 2005. Early on in her career, she found the principles of Pilates training to be of significant benefit for orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. ActiveCare Physical Therapy® NYC and Mumbai are known for their Pilates-based rehabilitation. Pilates incorporates the holistic practice philosophy that Dr. Wu incorporates into her training of her staff for treatment of post-surgical, postural, vestibular and many other joint related injuries. To read the story, click here.

How To Become A Better Runner If You’re A Beginner

Spring has officially started and beginning a running program can be daunting. The biggest problem people have is doing too much too fast. The persistent cool weather also lets you go too long, too far and too fast because it reduces your perception of discomfort (ever continue running in the winter because your thighs are numb?). ActiveCare Physical Therapy’s patients participate in running different distances in many states and countries but the actions of running are the same. Dr. Karena Wu contributes to this article to discuss the small steps you can take to go from a beginner to a seasoned pro without injury.  To read the article, click here.

‘Text-neck’: it’s exactly what it sounds like, and apparently, real

ActiveCare Physical Therapy’s Dr. Karena Wu was asked to continue the conversation on ‘text neck’ on KPCC’s Air Talk. She was originally asked to speak about ‘text neck’ on NBC Better’s Facebook Live Series. KPCC is a NPR (National Public Radio) affiliate located in Southern California. The text neck discussion was live and Dr. Wu described the detrimental effects of this technology induced overuse/repetitive stress injury and the exercises to help correct it. To hear the recording, click here.

ActiveCare PT Mumbai hosts first Kinesio Taping course


ActiveCare Physical Therapy® promotes education. We host workshops for the general public and continuing education courses for physical therapists. We just wrapped up our first international Kinesio Taping course at ACPT Mumbai this past weekend. ActiveCare enjoyed being the official host facility for KTAI to bring kinesiology taping skills to the local physios. We love educating to bring the Best PT from NYC to the rest of the world!
KT1-3 Express Course
Dr. Karena Wu with her ACPT Mumbai team
ACPT Mumbai with Dr. Sujata Khire, KTAI instructor