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.

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Call 212-777-4374 or email staff@bestptnyc.com.

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Well + Good: How to Relieve Sore Muscles in 5 Easy Steps, According to a Corrective Exercise Specialist

ActiveCare Physical Therapy treats multiple sports injuries. Many runners need to understand the importance of rest, warms up, stretching and self massage. The physical therapists at ActiveCare PT educate the patients to understand how to efficiently use their body when running but also how to manage and prevent injuries. To read Dr. Karena Wu’s comments, click here.

Full article link: https://www.wellandgood.com/how-to-relieve-sore-muscles/

Self & MSN: 14 Ergonomic Office Chairs Recommended by Physical Therapists

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NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu and her peers discuss sitting and the need for a good ergonomic office chair. This article mentions 14 different ergonomically correct chairs that can help you if your day requires long hours of sitting.

Sitting is considered the new smoking and can be detrimental to your health. It is important to have a good chair to avoid any musculoskeletal injuries.

To read the MSN Article, click here.
To read the Self article, click here.

ACPT Graduates: Touro DPT Student Kevin Zheng!

ACPT graduates Touro DPT student Kevin Zheng! ActiveCare was able to allow physical therapy students to continue their education with live patients and telehealth during the COVID crisis. We were happy to have Kevin in our office for eight weeks learning advanced manual therapy and holistic care in our NYC office. He treated patients with the practice philosophy ActiveCare PT embodies and is ready to sit for his upcoming boards. Good luck to you Kevin!

ActiveCare Physical Therapy Education | PT graduates Touro DPT student Kevin Zheng

ACPT Graduates | Touro DPT student Kevin Zheng


Physical Therapy Benefits: 15 Surprising Conditions That Can Be Treated with PT | Rasmussen College

ActiveCare Physical Therapy is a host facility for continuing medical education for physical therapists. The variety of injuries that physical therapy can treat is extensive. Dr. Wu contributes to an article that lists many of the unknown conditions that are treated with physical therapy. To read the article, click here.

ACPT is a big believer in education and we promote it extensively. ACPT is a host facility for Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) and the Graston Technique for both students and practicing physical therapists. We also train physical therapy students in their final clinical affiliations and accept interns who are considering the field of physical therapy. We help guide those considering the field of physical therapy.

Dr. Wu is a recent addition to the MAPS faculty. She teaches both in the US and in India. The ActiveCare facility will continue in person courses this Fall 2020. To see the MAPS schedule, visit www.ozpt.com.

Neck Physical Therapy

Do you need neck physical therapy? To relieve your neck pain and restore body movements, your doctor may ask you to visit a physical therapist. Physical therapy is essential to restore your health, no matter if you have cervical spine surgery or any other condition.

There are two types of treatments in physical therapy; active treatment and passive treatment. With passive therapy, you and your body will relax. This type of treatment also prepares the body for therapeutic exercise, which is a part of active treatment.

Physical Therapy for the Neck

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms depend on the structure and tissues that are affected, and in severe conditions of injury.

You may be suffering from neck pain for the following reasons:

  • Difficult to look up
  • Difficult to look to your shoulder
  • Muscle spasm
  • Inability to rotate or bend your neck
  • Weak shoulder and arm muscles

Pain in your neck can cause the following:

  • Headaches
  • Tight muscles
  • Weakness in your arms
  • Tingling or numbness in your hands, arms, shoulder, and neck
  • Pain in your upper back, neck, shoulders, hands, or arms
  • Pain gets worse while sitting, reaching, sneezing, or coughing
  • Inability to sit up or straight or stand straight
  • Difficulty in sleeping due to pain
  • Pain gets worse at night or in the morning
  • Inability to stay in one position for a long time, such as standing or sitting, because of pain
  • Feeling of getting stuck in one position, or stiffness while you try to move such as hunching forward, or while leaning your head to a side

How Is It Diagnosed?

A physical therapist will perform a detailed examination and evaluate your health history. He or she may ask various in-depth questions about your injury or pain, such as:

  • When and how your pain started?
  • When does your pain get worse?
  • What are your discomforts, and locations of your discomforts?
  • What activities are you unable to perform?

In order to find the physical problems, your physical therapist will perform various tests on your body, such as:

  • Poor posture
  • Joint stiffness
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Loss of your skin sensation in some area or numbness
  • Tightness or weakness in the muscle
  • Difficulty moving
  • Difficulty walking

If a physical therapist finds the above-mentioned issues in you, he or she will start your physical therapy straight away. This is to get you back on the road to recovery and enable you to perform normal activities.

If a therapist finds any severe conditions while testing, they will collaborate with a surgeon or physician for special diagnostic testing, for instance, MRI. Physical therapists don’t hesitate to work with physicians or any other health care providers, just to ensure that you are receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment that you need.

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Benefits of Neck Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are experts on body movement. They can improve a patient’s quality of life through patient education, hands-on care, and prescribed movement. Physical therapists provide care to increase the lifespan to anyone with disabilities. Here are some benefits of physical therapy:

1.     Maximize Your Movement

Physical therapists can recognize, diagnose, and treat movement issues. Pain-free movement is essential for living a quality life, your independence, and the ability to earn your living.

2.     Personalized Care That is According to your Needs

Physical therapists design treatment plans depending on each person’s individual needs, goals, and challenges. Physical Therapy helps people manage pain and various other chronic conditions, improve mobility, prevent future chronic diseases and injuries, and recover from injuries.

3.     Care Where You Need It

Physical therapists provide care wherever you need it, including homes, hospitals, nursing homes, work settings, sports and fitness centers, schools, outpatient clinics, and private practices.

4.     Participate In Your Recovery

Physical therapists empower you to stay active with their care. Physical therapists also work with other health professionals to make sure that you are receiving the best care.

5.     Avoid Opioids

In some conditions of neck pain, prescription opioids are part of the medical treatment. However, according to the CDC, health care providers should avoid using opioids. Instead, they should offer safer suggestions to their patients, such as physical therapy. Using opioids for long-term pain may include various risks and side effects such as addiction, overdose, and depression. Furthermore, these risks also include withdrawal symptoms when you stop using opioids.

6.     Avoid Surgery

You should try physical therapy before going for invasive or expensive surgery. For some conditions, such as spinal stenosis, rotator cuff tears, degenerative disk disease, meniscal tears, and knee osteoarthritis, physical therapy treatment is much more effective than surgery.


While treating the neck pain, the main focus of good physical therapy is to recover the flexibility and strength of your neck. To find out more about neck pain or physical therapy, you can visit our clinic. You can find all the details on our website.

If you are looking to set-up an appointment with a professional therapist, contact us today:

12 West 37th Street
Suite 1202
New York, NY 10018

(212) 777-4374

KT Kinesiology Tape & AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament

KT Tape is the official sponsor of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament. KT tape is an elastic therapeutic tape that helps with muscle activation, reducing pain, supporting joints and moving fluid. This KT tape application was used to offload or decompress this athlete’s knee joint so she could jump without pain.

AVP Medical Director, Dr. Karena Wu utilizes KT tape in the medical tent on all of the professional beach volleyball athletes. It is a non-medicinal and non-chemical modality that is easy to apply, effects change quickly and the treatment from the tape can last for days. It is lightweight and also gives a sense of support or stability when the tape is on the skin.

Kinesiology taping is a modality found in physical therapy that has been around for many decades. The staff at ActiveCare Physical Therapy are able to assess your condition and determine if kinesiology tape is the appropriate modality for you.

To inquire about kinesiology taping and if it is right for you, please call us at 212-777-4374 or email us at staff@bestptnyc.com.

Photos credit: A-Game Photography

ActiveCare Physical Therapy Offers ClassPass Sessions!

Classpass Partner - Best Physical Therapy NYCActiveCare Physical Therapy is excited to offer Classpass sessions at our convenient location in Midtown, Manhattan. While gyms are still closed with no scheduled reopening date, our facility is fully open and operational. Our office is spacious, and all clients are physically distanced with clear floor markings throughout our facility. Whether you are a beginner trying to reduce the effects of sedentary quarantine, a weekend warrior who is itching for physical challenges, or an athlete in search of a workout, all of our sessions are customized to your level of fitness. All sessions are one-on-one and provided by highly trained and skilled staff. Every class is a full 30 minute session, providing the most efficient and effective workouts. We utilize a Pilates-based approach and integrate the fundamentals of Pilates into every session to tone the core, reduce lower back pain, and improve body control. We adapt to every experience level, from the Pilates novice to the seasoned Pilates practitioner.

Choose from five specialized one-on-one Classpass sessions to best meet your fitness goals:

  1. Pilates Based Core Strengthening
  2. Pilates Based Lower Body Tone and Tighten
  3. Customized Individual Stretch Session
  4. Pilates Based Low Back Pain Reducer
  5. Upper Body Tone and Tighten

We offer flexible and easy scheduling. Morning, daytime and evening sessions are available, and classes can be scheduled far in advance or as little as 15 minutes before their start time. Classes can be scheduled through the link on our website.  

New York City Covid Standards are strictly adhered to by our staff and clients. We perform thorough cleaning of the facility and equipment, masks are required at all times, and temperature checks are completed upon arrival. We hope to see you soon!

Click to view our Classpass page

Call Us: (212) 777-4374 

Have You Tried CBD For Your Arthritis Pain?

The Arthritis Foundation recently asked this question in a 2019 survey, and more than 2,600 arthritis patients answered — the majority of whom had been living with osteoarthritis (52%) or rheumatoid arthritis (45%) for 10 or more years.

87% of those who are currently using it say they use CBD to manage their arthritis symptoms.

The primary reason for using CBD is to relieve pain (94%).

Several survey respondents indicated that they use CBD products for pain because it seems less addictive than opioids; a few say they have also used CBD to help wean off opioids following joint replacement surgery.

“Several of my patients whose professions involve the use of their hands to perform fine motor skills have told me how they use the salve on their hands when they start to ache. Anecdotally this gives them relief and allows them to continue performing their job even when their pain is flaring up.”
-Alex Tauberg, DC, CSCS, CCSP®

Respondents who reported they were not considering using CBD stated that they were managing their symptoms with other treatments, primarily nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.

Though data on the fatal consequences of NSAIDS is lacking, chronic use of NSAIDS was estimated to contribute to 16,500 deaths in 1998. On the other hand, Cannabis has yet to be conclusively linked to even one death.

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Do Hydrophilic CBD Formulations Improve Absorption?

Best CBD Products post physical therapyIn its report on Cannabidiol (CBD) The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that when administered orally CBD is absorbed by the body at an average rate of 6%.

It makes sense that improving this absorption rate could be a good thing for patients and our bet is that improving solubility is the way to do it.

Is there any measurement of its improved absorption for CBD products?

Not yet. However, there is strong evidence from the pharmaceutical world that hydrophilic solutions result in improved absorption.

This article, Polymeric Micelle as a New Carrier in Oral Drug Delivery Systems, shines some light on the science linking hydrophilic to bioavailability.

Here’s are some highlights from the article that you might find helpful:


Most drug products on the global pharmaceutical market are administered orally. According to previous research, about 70% of new chemical entities are poorly soluble in water and 40% of oral drugs in immediate-release formulations, are considered practically insoluble in water.


The procedure of oral drug absorption is very complicated and it undergoes changes by so many factors:

  • Orally administered drugs travel through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract but are not be able to penetrate the GI membrane unless it dissolves in GI fluids, which are hydrophilic.
  • Drugs that are administered orally are exposed to different physiologic challenges such as pH changes and dilution effect and physiologic barriers such as filtration by the spleen or scavenging by the phagocytic system as biological barriers.


Micellization is a drug delivery system pharmaceutical companies use to improve the bioavailability of low solubility drugs. Polymeric micelles are hydrophilic nanocarriers that help drugs overcome both physicochemical and biological barriers by increasing the solubility of a drug while protecting it from physiologic challenges.

One of the most important characteristics of drugs that affect oral drug absorption and bioavailability is the solubility of the drug in hydrophilic liquids which is a physicochemical barrier. As drug solubility in GI fluids increases, the dissolution rate and therefore bioavailability of drug increases as well.

The size of these micelles varies from 10 to 200 nm. This small size offers many advantages, such as evading scavenging by the phagocytic system in the liver and bypassing filtration of the interendothelial cells in the spleen.

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ActiveCare Physical Therapy Is Practicing Social Distancing

ActiveCare Physical Therapy practices social distancing as much as we can. We have taken the necessary precautions to continue your care while minimizing contact. We rearranged some things to add more space to our already spacious clinic. Call us or email us now if you are experiencing any pain. We can help you in person or remotely, whichever makes you feel the most comfortable and better as fast as possible. We hope everyone is staying safe during these times but please know we are still here for you!

ActiveCare Physical Therapy participates with PT for Heroes

PT For Heroes-Free Telehealth For Healthcare Pros - Activecare PT NYCPT for Heroes is a nationwide program that offers FREE telehealth physical therapy sessions for frontline healthcare professionals. ActiveCare understands the value of the healthcare system and those treating patients with corona virus. What we can do to help those professionals is offer free physical therapy sessions so they can take care of their own systems to continue their amazing work and take care of their own needs. We all need to stay strong physically, mentally and energetically during this time. This is just another way we can participate in helping fight this novel virus. ACPT also continues to treat those well healthy patients in the clinic and those self-quarantined over telehealth. We will stand strong with the rest of the world to fight and recover as quickly and safely as possible.

To schedule an appointment, please email us at staff@bestptnyc.com or call us at 212.777.4374.

Stretching the Gluteal or Hip Muscles Video

Stretching Your Glutes

2 quick stretches to target the gluteal or hip muscles. This big muscle group powers the hips but also supports the low back. They often feel tight as they do a lot of work to propel you forward when you are walking or running. The two stretches demonstrated in this video are the knee to opposite shoulder stretch and the figure 4 stretch. Both target the hip external rotator muscle.

Low Back & Hip Twist Stretch Video

The following low back & hip twist stretch video shows easy, at home exercises that stretch your low back and glute using your own limb as a weight. It is a rotational stretch in the low back and hip. It will also give you a stretch on the outside of the thigh (the iliotibial band-ITB).

*If you have any symptoms traveling down the leg, please check with your PT before performing this exercise.

Bustle: The 4 Best Seat Cushions For Back Pain

best-seat-cushions-back-pain-pt-nycLow back pain affects two-thirds of the population. It is one of the most common complaints a person will have when seeking physical therapy. ActiveCare Physical Therapy, PC and Dr. Karena Wu specialize in the spine. Her training started with spinal cases in her first year out of physical therapy school in 2000. As a Maitland practitioner and as faculty in the Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminar series, the team at ActiveCare Physical Therapy uses manual therapy to relieve back pain. When patients need more help, we recommend the use of assistive devices like seat cushion or kinesiology tape.

To see how a seat cushion can help you if you experience back pain, click on the article here.

Full article link: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-4-best-seat-cushions-for-back-pain-19430303