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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Bustle: 7 Reasons You’re Experiencing Back Pain, According To Experts


80% of Americans will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain is an extremely debilitating injury that can affect many aspects of your daily routine. NYC Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu has been treating low back pain since 2000. She has used multiple devices, her hands, and other instruments to help reduce her patient’s perception of low back pain. Dr. Wu contributed to some of the reasons why people experience low back pain. If you ever experience low back pain, see your local physical therapist to evaluate and treat it. The sooner you get hands on therapy, the faster it can resolve itself.

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What Happens To Your Kid’s Body When Their Backpack Is Too Heavy? It Can Have Long-Lasting Effects

Dr. Karena Wu discusses potential health injuries for kids as they return to school. Kids have a heavy load of books to carry throughout the year and it is important to be mindful of the type of backpack you are using and how much weight you are putting in it. Every fall, Dr. Wu comments on what to look for in a good backpack. In this post, she comments on the repercussions of choosing a fashion backpack over a functional one. To read her comment, click here.

Dr. Karena Wu was asked to discuss ‘text neck’ on NBC Better’s Facebook Live series.

Dr. Karena Wu was asked to discuss ‘text neck’ on NBC Better’s Facebook Live series. Posture is one of her favorite subjects and is a topic she consistently reinforces with all of her patients and peers. She discusses what the condition is, why it is harmful and gives a few exercises to help combat it. The segment was filmed live but if you missed, here are the exercises to help your ‘text neck’. To see the full segment, click here.

7 Quick Ways to Get Rid of Pain on the Inside of the Knee

ActiveCare Physical Therapy treats musculoskeletal conditions with skilled manual therapies, Pilates based rehabilitation and other specialties in myofascial pain relief. Dr. Karena Wu, owner and clinical director of ActiveCare PT is certified in these skills yet educates her clients in self-management tools to use for their knee pain. Rehabilitation requires patients to participate in a structured home exercise program as well as specialists to apply these techniques. Dr. Wu discusses her quick fixes to help reduce the perception of pain in the knee, when you can’t see you physical therapist. To see the full story, click here.

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Dr. Karena Wu is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist in physical therapy and a Certified Pilates instructor. She has been incorporating the holistic principles of Pilates into her rehabilitation practice since 2005. Pilates Style magazine reached out to Dr. Wu to get some of her tips on gratitude and its impact on health. She highlights the importance of the mind body connection in rehabilitation. Going back to basics helps to reduce tension in ourselves, those around us and the world we live in today. To see the full article, click here.

Dr. Wu discusses why she is thankful in her career in this article

Dr. Karena Wu has over 17 years of experience in physical therapy. She owns ActiveCare Physical Therapy NYC/Mumbai and is the Medical Director of the Association of Volleyball Professionals. Dr. Wu is grateful for being where she is in her career. She works hard on her international clientele and the athletes and actively runs both businesses. Part of her expansion is due to a support staff that works alongside her and maintains the quality standard of her brand. As a female entrepreneur, she is thankful for all of the opportunities, support and hard work she gets from those around her. Dr. Wu discusses why she is thankful in her career in this article. To see her comments, click here.

Dr Oz’s Best Devices for Back Relief


Dr. Karena Wu was asked back to the Dr. Oz show to discuss the best devices for back pain. The segment discusses myofascial pain. Dr. Wu is the owner and clinical director of ActiveCare Physical Therapy in NYC and Mumbai. She loves at home devices and do-it-yourself techniques to help you self manage your pain. Since she travels between the two sites and for pro beach volleyball when in season, she loves on the go treatments.

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The 2017 NYC Marathon was a great success this past weekend. Everyone participating should have trained and prepared for this grueling but fun cardiovascular event. There are several key factors that helped runners complete this event and avoid injury. But these tips are also necessary for any running event, at any time. Dr. Karena Wu gives 10 tips for marathoners, first time runners and recreational runners. To read her tips, click here.