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.

Get Back Into Running Post-Injury With This Interval Cardio Program

From Popsugar.com:

best-physical-therapist-for-running-nycWe are well into 2020 and everyone should have started their new year’s fitness routine. It was a stunning weekend to take your exercise outdoors and I saw a lot of runners in the East River Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures were in the middle 60’s in the middle of January! Many were running but the pavement is different than a treadmill. Also, a large majority of runners get hurt due to the repetitive stress and high impact nature of the sport of running.

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu coaches her clients on how to return to running when recovering from an injury. Running requires a gradual reintroduction of the elements and takes patience and education. When done correctly, it can get your back to your sport without reinjury. To learn the tips, click on the story here.

Full article link: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/post-running-injury-cardio-workout-46936765

ActiveCare Named Best Physical Therapist in 2020 Best of the City Contest

2020 Best of Borough Award Winner - Activecare Best Physical Therapist NYC

ActiveCare Physical Therapy, PC at Best Physical Therapist NYC has been named Best Physical Therapist in the 2020 Best of the City Contest.

The people have spoken and named ActiveCare Physical Therapy, PC at Best Physical Therapist NYC, Best Physical Therapist under the Health, Wellness & Beauty Category!

5 Reasons to Wear Compression Clothing for Psoriatic Arthritis

From Everyday Health:

5 Reasons to Wear Compression Clothing for Psoriatic Arthritis

Compression Clothing Helps with Psoriatic Arthritis (PSA)ActiveCare Physical Therapy treats patients with different kinds of arthritis. NYC’s Best Physical Therapy office works individually with each client to tailor their therapeutic program to the individual. Psoriatic arthritis can benefit from the use of compression clothing to minimize pain and inflammation.

To read Dr. Karena Wu’s comments on the use of compression clothing, click here.

9 Easy Chair Exercises That Actually Work Your Whole Body

From The Healthy:

9 Easy Chair Exercises That Actually Work Your Whole Body

Sitting is now considered the new smoking. As an international physiotherapist, NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu loves to be efficient with time and health. In a society that sits more and more, exercises that can be done in your chair can carry a lot of weight.  Major muscles groups can be stretched or worked out while sitting in your chair, whether you are in the office, in a plane or at home. To read the story, click here.

FIT3D Body Scanning – Holiday Discount!

fit-3d-body-scan-digital-physical-therapist-nycActiveCare Physical Therapy, PC is one of only a few sites in NYC that has a FIT3D body scanner. The body scanner uses cameras to create an avatar of your body in space. It gives you measurements of your body in space in standing and in weight bearing. It shows you lean muscle mass versus fat mass, basal metabolic rate and body shape rating. This holiday season, we are giving the gift of health.

Come in today to take your pre-New Year’s eve body scan to get started on your journey to health and wellness. Holiday scan price is $40, discounted from $50. The scan takes 30 seconds and can be repeated a regular intervals as you progress in your fitness regime.

To take advantage of the discount, call us at 212.777.4374 or email us at staff@bestptnyc.com to schedule a time to come in. Just wear tight fitted clothing so you get an accurate reading. One of ActiveCare PT’s staff members can walk your through it. Call or email us now!

20 Small Victories That Prove You’re Making Weight Loss Progress

From Prevention:

20 Small Victories That Prove You’re Making Weight Loss Progress


Weight loss is a slow and steady process. There are small signs that demonstrate that the work you put into losing weight pays off. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu talks about one victory associated with weight loss. You can use the FIT3D body scanner at ActiveCare PT this holiday season to measure your weight loss success. To see the whole article on losing weight, click here.

Full link: https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/g25832230/non-scale-victories-weight-loss/?slide=1

Medium: Working Out: Sports bra or nah?

From Medium:

Working Out: Sports bra or nah?

AVP Medical LogoMedium discusses the use of a sports bra during exercise. Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu is the AVP Medical Director. The AVP is America’s professional beach volleyball tournament series. She works with professional beach volleyball athletes when on the road and the normal layperson back in her clinics in NYC and Mumbai. Her work on the AVP in the medical tent has shown her that many female athletes use a sports bra, instead of their bikini tops (their normal bikini ‘work’ outfit), with due reason. To read how to protect your ‘girls’, click here.

Dr. Wu Interviewed on CBS About Prolonged Sitting

CBS 2: Sitting Study

karena-wu-best-pt-nyc-sitting-study-cbs-2-news-interviewThe holidays are coming up which means sitting on trains, planes and automobiles. Sitting is the new smoking. It leads to weight gain, reduced metabolic activity and other systemic issues. Dr. Wu was asked to comment on how bad prolonged sitting is and how sitting with poor posture affects your body mechanically.

To see her interview on CBS, click here: Karena CBS 2 Sitting.mp4

Here’s the full link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z1PiYQdEwjDlFPpiXlHX6fQcJ7IKohq7/view?usp=sharing_eil&ts=5d7bb504

Press: Dr. Karena Wu Comments on Kevin Hart’s Back Recovery

Dr. Wu Comments On Kevin Hart’s Back Recovery

Actor Kevin Hart speaks out about his car accident and significant back recovery PT process. The actor was involved in a horrific car crash which required back surgery and subsequent rehab.

US magazine reached out to NYC Celebrity Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu (who did not treat Kevin) to discuss what the actor posted on Instagram. She comments on the modalities and therapeutic exercises that one must go through after spine surgery.

To see the posts, as well as InTouch’s post, click on the links below:

US Magazine

Dr. Karena Wu has joined the esteemed Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) Faculty

Dr. Karena Wu has joined the esteemed Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) Faculty and finished her Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through MAPS and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

MAPS is the worldwide leader in Maitland education for physical therapists/physiotherapists. MAPS is accredited in the US and exceeds the IFOMPT International Standards and grants reciprocal recognition in 24 Member Countries of IFOMPT (www.ifompt.org).

Karena Wu MAPS fellowship

Bustle: The 3 Best Pillows For Hip Pain

From Bustle:

The 3 Best Pillows For Hip Pain

best-physical-therapist-press-pillows-for-hip-pain-bustleActiveCare Physical Therapy works with patients with musculoskeletal pain. Hip joints are becoming an increasingly common joint that is injured, in both younger and older people. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu experiences hip pain herself due to osteoarthritis, or wear and tear.

At night, sleeping has become an issue with positioning the joint for comfort. In this article, Dr. Wu discusses the best pillows to support hip joints during sleep with Bustle. To read her comments, click here.

Full article link: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-3-best-pillows-for-hip-pain-18009808

7 Signs Your Workout Is Too Intense, According To Experts

From Elite Daily:

7 Signs Your Workout Is Too Intense, According To Experts

best-physical-therapist-workout-tips-pilates-pressActiveCare Physical Therapy in NYC is a one-stop shop for health and wellness. Since we use Pilates in rehab, it is a natural progression to move to Pilates for wellness. Personal trainers and Pilates instructors are two other wellness therapies offered once patients have finished their rehabilitation program. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu recommends many of her clients to these two professions to enhance the recovery process. Physical therapists and fitness trainers need to educate their clients on doing too much during recovery and even wellness programs. To read Dr. Wu’s comments, click here.

Full article link: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/7-signs-your-workout-is-too-intense-according-to-experts-16968541

Does cupping work? The therapy practice used by Michael Phelps and more has a major following

From Mic:

Does cupping work? The therapy practice used by Michael Phelps and more has a major following

Cupping therapy has been westernized for use in the physical therapy setting. Celebrity physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu utilizes this modality with her clients to promote increased range of motion, fluid mobility, and reduced perception of pain. This modality is the only decompressive therapy that lifts up on the soft tissues to help loosen you up. The western application has the tissues move under the cups. To read more about this therapy, click here.

Full article link: https://www.mic.com/p/does-cupping-work-the-therapy-practice-used-by-michael-phelps-more-has-a-major-following-17948213

24 Fitness Myths to Debunk for Your Next Workout

From Cheapism:

24 Fitness Myths to Debunk for Your Next Workout

best-celebrity-pt-nyc-fitness-myths-pressCelebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu just finished the AVP 2019 season in Hawaii. Her work with athletes and lay people alike center around fitness, health and recovery. The pursuit of the perfect body is a goal that many have desired but there are many components in fitness that might need attending to. It is not just the aesthetics. Training for fitness requires knowledge, discipline and dedication. One of her biggest tips is to be flexible, literally and figuratively.

To see her multiple comments, click here.

Full article link: https://blog.cheapism.com/workout-myths/

NBC News BETTER: Back to school: How to choose a backpack that won’t hurt your kid’s back

karena-wu-best-pt-nyc-kids-backpacks-back-to-school-2019-press-nbc-news-better2019 Back to school season has already begun. The list of school items children have to bring is extensive. Their backpack should not burden them any more than the equipment and the books. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu returns to NBC News Better and Facebook Live to discuss backpacks. She also comments on parent’s purses and totes as the qualities in a bag are roughly the same! Read the clip to see what qualities to look for in a backpack or purse.

Full article link: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/how-choose-backpack-won-t-hurt-your-kids-back-ncna1047231

Epoch Times: Fracture or Bone Bruise? How to Tell

best-physical-therapist-bone-fracturesKarena was in Epoch Times:

Fracture or Bone Bruise? How to Tell

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu writes for restaurant and health and wellness publications. She has treated celebrity chefs and bartenders who work laboriously in their craft. They have extreme conditions in their work environment, not to mention the long hours. Keeping their bodies fit can be difficult and they need to be careful when they get banged around during work outs or onsite at the job.

In this article, Dr. Wu discusses the difference between different bone injuries. Bone injuries can be so mild that you never get them checked. But sometimes, getting them checked might be the smarter thing to do. To read Dr. Wu’s article, click here.

Full article link: https://www.theepochtimes.com/fracture-or-bone-bruise-how-to-tell_286966.html

Activecare Physical Therapy’s Resident Acupuncturist: Dr. Michael Kay, DACM, LAc

Dr. Michael Kay, DACM, LAc
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner

dr-Michael-Kay-acupuncturistMichael Kay is a native of Los Angeles, California, and is a licensed acupuncturist in New York State. He graduated with a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Michael practices at ActiveCare Physical Therapy in midtown Manhattan and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His practice includes orthopedic conditions, digestive, respiratory, metabolic and immunological disorders and women’s health issues. He has expertise in treating patients who suffer from Lyme Disease and other complex conditions

Michael’s approach is to consider each patient individually, so that treatments are not generic but tailored to his client’s presentation. He often includes body work like tui na or craniosacral therapy into his acupuncture sessions. Cupping and electro-stimulation are also used for enhanced results. Michael’s training includes Chinese herbs which complement the holistic aspect of his practice.

Beyond caring for his patients, Michael finds joy in giving back to the community. He has treated patients at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, at NYU Langone Brooklyn, and at Housing Works in Brooklyn. He volunteers annually at a clinic in Guatemala, and monthly at a clinic in the Bronx supporting people recovering from addiction.

In his spare time, Michael practices Qi Gong and swims.  He lived in Argentina for 10 years and is fluent in Spanish – and grilling on the barbecue, Argentine-style!

Karena Wu in Sportsmd.com: AVP 2019 Season: Dr. Karena Wu Helps Keep The Players Fit

Dr. Karena Wu was interviewed in SportsMD.com:

AVP 2019 Season Halfway Mark, Medical Director Karena Wu Helps Keep The Players Fit

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu is also the Medical Director of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament Series. She has helped athletes along the tour across the nation and helped oversee a multi-disciplinary medical tent. The professional and Olympic beach volleyball athletes rely on a team of medical providers to keep them in the game. Dr. Wu heads up the medical tent at multiple sites and collaborates the best care for the athletes. She just wrapped up the 2019 Hermosa AVP stop.

Next stop, Manhattan Beach! To hear her story, click here.

Full link: https://www.sportsmd.com/2019/05/10/as-avp-season-kicks-off-medical-director-karena-wu-helps-keep-the-players-fit/

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How to use a foam roller to relieve neck, back and knee pain

Karena Wu was quoted in NBC news Better online:

NBC News Better: How to use a foam roller to relieve neck, back and knee pain

NYC Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu knows tight muscles. On herself, her patients, her athletes, we are all prone to our tissues tightening up on us. The foam roller is an amazing at home tool to relieve tightness in your muscles to maintain your health and manage your injuries. Foam rolling can help with shoulders, low back, hip, knee and ankle injuries. To read how to use a foam roller, click here.

Full link: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/how-use-foam-roller-relieve-neck-back-knee-pain-ncna978301

Dr. Karena Wu on why it’s crucial for a healer to practice “active listening”

authority-magazine-health-pt-active-listening-press-karena-wu-03bNYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was interviewed by Authority Magazine in their Female Disruptor series. Authority Magazine partners with Thrive Global and Buzzfeed to highlight those professional females in the workplace who stand out and are stirring things up in their respective fields.

thrive-global-karena-wu-press-physical-therapist-02Dr. Wu has expanded her holistic practice physical therapy methodology to India with great success. Her NYC office has been practicing this type of care for over a decade and has now incorporated health and wellness services and products. It goes against the chop shops to stand out for their quality, variety and concierge level of care, providing true manual therapy and all one on one attention in a world where the chains are starting to churn out their clients. To read her story, click here.

Full Article Link: https://medium.com/authority-magazine/dr-karena-wu-on-why-its-crucial-for-a-healer-to-practice-active-listening-ec981a4339df


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