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 Be Happy In The Winter & Maintain Motivation Despite The Short, Dark Days

Winter is officially here and it is chilly out. The temperatures are up and down but the season has started. Exercise, nutrition and other tricks during your day help combat any seasonal distress. The best physical therapist in NYC, Dr. Karena Wu offers her some tips to combat the winter blues. Stay positive and learn how to embrace the seasonal changes and enjoy the weather. To read her tips, click here.

Brain Fog? Back Pain? This Trick Can Help You Be More Productive And Feel Better Fast

Winter has just arrived and it is year end. People are feeling the stress of the impending holidays and any end of year to-do’s. Dr. Karena Wu of ActiveCare Physical Therapy NYC and Mumbai, India incorporates Pilates and Yoga based principles in her practice. Yoga originates from India and ActiveCare PT uses many of their moves to enhance health and well being. Dr. Wu comments on the use of the spinal twist to help with stressful and long working days. There are a few different ways it can help your body. To read the article, click here.

10 Strategic Running Tips for Every Marathoner

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.

6 Ab Exercises Without Equipment

The core is the powerhouse. It is where baseball players, tennis players, basketball, volleyball and football players get their drive to return the ball, jump and block the opposing player. It provides the power and the stability necessary for sports play as well as daily activities of life. It is necessary in the elite athletes as well as weekend warriors.
Dr. Karena Wu is Certified in Pilates and her clinic, ActiveCare Physical Therapy emphasizes pilates principles in their rehabilitation exercises. We teach our clients that the core is what provides stability to your trunk and powers your limbs. It is an important component in movement patterns and the foundation of the body, especially when recovering from an injury. This article describes a few abdominal and core exercises that you can do without equipment. Dr. Wu describes one of her favorite core exercises that is easily done anywhere.
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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.