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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ActiveCare Physical Therapy NYC and Continuing Education

Dr. Karena Wu is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS). The therapists at ACPT are skilled in the MAPS approach and use it to quickly assess and treat the patients. Dr. Wu mentors her staff to attain the COMT, which is an intermediate level of manual therapy. All therapists at ACPT are able to apply this high quality assessment and treatment therapy to fix the patients. We find that this is the best manual therapy approach for our patients.

ActiveCare PT is also a host facility for the MAPS continuing education courses for physiotherapists. Dr. Wu is a firm believer in continuing education as learning is a lifelong process. It makes for the best physical therapists in our profession as well as at ActiveCare Physical Therapy.

Dr. Karena Wu has been working with Chef Wylie Dufresne

Dr. Karena Wu has been working with Chef Wylie Dufresne since 2004. As a celebrity chef, his job requires additional on screen duties. A recent filming ended up causing Chef Dufresne major neck discomfort due to prolonged positioning. He learned of a new cause of neck pain, that was simply fixed by restoring the alignment and motion of a rib bone. Chef Dufresne’s new venture, Du’s Donuts in Brooklyn requires him to hold his head in different positions to generate his newest kitchen creations. Dr. Wu was able to relieve Wylie’s neck discomfort to allow him to work freely and without pain. Chef Dufresne is back working and it is time to enjoy Du’s Donuts delicious creations!

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NYC Marathon

The NYC marathon is just over a month away. Runners have started their taper in their running program to be able to participate in the marathon without injury. Marathon running requires physical skill as well as mental skill as you have to prepare the body and mind for this amount of physical impact.

Running is the highest impact cardiovascular sport and can be highly compressive on your joints. There is a period of double float where nothing is in contact with the ground. Upon landing and push-off, the energy requirements on your tissues to cushion your landing and propel you forward are tremendous.

Common running injuries are plantar fasciosis, iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome and piriformis syndrome. They mainly occur in the lower body as running is a repetitive motion of the legs. To prevent running injuries, the muscles need to be strong and flexible around the joints. This helps reduce the compression in the joints and allows for range of motion for your stride. Endurance is also a crucial component as running is a repetitive exercise that can cause repetitive stresses on the body. Rehabilitation focuses on isolated muscle strength, kinetic chain alignment, stability and eccentric exercises to absorb load. We emphasize core stability as the powerhouse for the body to increase limb strength and good control of motion.

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7 Fun Activities for Seniors with Arthritis

Dr. Karena Wu used to teach hydrotherapy classes to seniors with complex conditions. The benefit of water is that it provides sensory feedback to reduce the perception of pain, reduce compressive forces in the joint and add low impact resistance to exercises. Seniors can benefit tremendously from this type of therapy, provided they have access to a pool and are not adverse to getting into the water. Dr. Wu advocates the use of hydrotherapy for many clients, not just seniors. To read the article, click here.


15 Scary Ways You Didn’t Realize You’re Putting Yourself In Danger Every Day

ActiveCare Physical Therapy works with all aspects of a patient’s life. We incorporate patient values into the care of our patients. People do a lot of things that put ourselves in harm’s way everyday without realizing it. However, your safety is in your control. It requires some proactive thinking and action but it is very easy to do. Think about fashion. Love your stilettos? Dr. Karena Wu discusses how fashion can affect function. To read the tip, click here.

The List: 7 things you should do on an airplane and 7 you shouldn’t

ActiveCare Physical Therapy is based in NYC and now exists in India, which means a lot of long distance travel. Add in the medical coverage for AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) events around the US and that makes for earning lots of mileage in the air. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu travels regularly for her work. She has become a professional traveler and as such knows the importance of maintaining regularity during travel as well as when you get jet lag. Dr. Wu discusses movement and exercise during both short and long flights and why they are important. To read her tips, click on the link.

Meditation Advisor: How to Ease Back Into Your Summer Workouts

Dr. Karena Wu collaborates with other healthcare disciplines in caring for her patients. Summer officially comes to an end but the warm weather is still around. Take advantage of the comfortable temperatures to continue the intensity and frequency of workouts. To prevent fitness injuries, we need to ease back into movements and loads when starting a workout regime but also when the body feels tired. Listen to your body when you need to take it down a notch. Dr. Wu offers up some tips to help you tailor your workout routine. To see the article, click here.

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was listed at the top out of 1,825 Physical Therapists in NYC

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was listed at the top out of 1,825 Physical Therapists in NYC. ActiveCare Physical Therapy has been in existence since 2003 and Dr. Wu has been the sole owner and clinical director since 2008. She trains and mentors all of the ActiveCare Physical Therapy therapists. The ActiveCare staff embodies being the best, by giving the best quality care, the best up to date treatments and the best customer service. Dr. Wu sets a very high standard and she and her staff strive hard to make the physical therapy experience the best by not rushing or taking short cuts. The patients at ActiveCare realize the difference, get better faster and enjoy the experience.

ActiveCare PT NYC has taken this brand global to Mumbai, India. This level of care and service are being well received because it is the best, from the best. To see the entire list, click here.

International Physiotherapists Meet Again

Dr. Karena Wu has trained for over 17 years in NYC. She met Farhan Dhalla, Canadian physiotherapist and now spiritual personal trainer over 10 years ago while he was attending a conference in NYC. Both have broadened their horizons and offer their services abroad in India. Farhan trains Bollywood celebrity, Deepika Padukone and Dr. Wu works with several Bollywood stars-Viddyut Jammwal, Shabbir Ahluwalia, and Shailendra Singh, to name a few. Dr. Wu and Farhan met up recently in the ActiveCare Physical Therapy Mumbai office to catch up and have some fun working on their core stability. Therapeutic exercise, fitness and wellness know no bounds. To view the exercises, please click on each image.

Karena Wu on GradSchools.com and eLearners.com

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu loves what she does for her. She was asked for her input into her profession just recently. GradSchools.com and eLearners.com are two websites that are a source of information for a multitude of professions and both websites help promote education and careers. Dr. Karena Wu was asked to talk about why she became a physical therapist and her views on the profession as a whole. To see her comments on each website, click on each icon.