About ActiveCare Physical Therapy®

The Best Physical Therapists in NYC

  • 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 Dr. Karena Wu PT, DPT, OCS 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. She is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Graston Technique Specialist and Pilates Instructor. She holds LSVT BIG, FMS and SFMA Level 1 certifications as well. Dr. Wu also specializes in vertigo and temporomandibular joint disorders.
  • 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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Physical Therapy Case Studies: Chronic Neck Pain & Lower Back Pain

Physical Therapy Case Studies
Written by Sharvari Satghare

Case Study #1: Chronic Neck Pain

PT for neck pain NYC-case studyBill suffers from chronic neck pain and has a past history of shoulder injury. We have been through his journey with pain and discomfort and helped him regain his functional abilities. We incorporate manual therapy such as Maitland joint mobilization, trigger point release, and myofascial release to decrease pain and improve mobility of his neck and thoracic spine. Additionally, stretches for tight muscles and therapeutic exercises for active range of motion and strength are recommended for his core and shoulder muscles, respectively. We performed external rotation with retraction in order to retrain his posture and strengthen his muscles. Neck, shoulder, and upper back synergize to form a single chain and hence, we strive to work in a holistic Theraband for lower back PTmanner. Ergonomics is an essential part of physical therapy. Accordingly, we rehabilitated Bill to help him pursue his hobby of photography and bike riding. We trained Bill with the correct mechanics to use his camera without forward head posture and reinforced appropriate upper back and arm position. We advised him to change his old mattress to improve his quality of sleep and introduced modifications for his position while riding the bike. Therabands and dumbbells are some of the other equipment that are utilized for progressing his plan of care. At the end of the session, home exercises are prescribed in order to maintain good compliance with therapy.

Evaluating patients at the beginning, middle, and end of the session, paying attention to details while communicating with patients, and developing individualized plans of care form the crux of patient care at ActiveCare Physical Therapy©. Our aim is to meet the patient’s goal and create a plan of management tailored to the patient’s expectations.

We work in a clean and sanitized environment following social distancing guidelines. By wearing masks, gloves, and maintaining 6 feet distance, we strive to deliver continuous patient-centered care in the best possible way.

Case Study #2: Lower Back Pain & Foot Pain

PT for lower back pain-case studyBonnie, a long term PT patient who is a fitness enthusiast. Her chief complaints are lower back pain and foot pain. Our sessions begin with asking her about her current complaint and confirming her goals. We utilize a specialized technique called the shotgun, a muscle energy technique, that corrects pelvic malalignment to reset the hip girdle. We incorporate a hands-on approach to treat specific areas. We also use a Pilates-based approach to encourage core strengthening and develop stability. We empower our patients to be actively involved in their plan of care. In this image, Bonnie is wearing her mask and gloves while exercising on the balance board to train her stability and proprioception. She has been supervised but is able to manage her exercises independently.

Educating patients is equally important. We communicate with patients to explain their condition and prognosis and set goals while working as a team. Additionally, we re-evaluate our patients routinely in order to analyze their progression and manage their complaints better. Even after discharge, our patients are like family to us, and we love checking on them and hearing back. Empathy is necessary to help others.

All of the therapists at ActiveCare Physical Therapy© are compassionate and committed to rehabilitating their patients throughout the healing process. We love taking care of our patients by communicating with them, empowering them and helping them be more functional.

ActiveCare Physical Therapy ©
12 W 37th St. Ste. 1202
New York, NY 10018
(212) 777-4374

Best Physical Therapist NYC: Recent Press From Dr. Karena Wu PT, DPT, OCS

The Washington Post: How Weighted Vest or Ankle and Wrist Weights Can – and Can’t – Improve Your Workout

washington-post-logoInternational celebrity physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu contributes to this story in The Washington Post. Dr. Wu uses these small but powerful pieces of equipment in her clinics to challenge her patients. Weighted cuffs and vests add resistance and stability training. To learn how to use them correctly and enhance your workout without injury, read this article.

To read the article in the Washington Post, click here.

LiveStrong.com: The 10 Best Ankle Weights for a Lower-Body Burn, According to Trainers

Livestrong - LogoNYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu is like the ‘Jane Fonda’ of physical therapists. Dr. Wu rehabilitates the young, the old, the famous and the elite athletes of pro beach volleyball. Her go-to exercises include foundational, individual muscle exercises. These isolated muscles need retraining in strength and endurance so that the body can move effortlessly and painlessly. Dr. Wu was asked to contribute to this story on ankle weights for both simple and compound movements.

To read the article on LiveStrong, click here.

Mental Floss: 4 of the Best Massage Guns For Sore Muscles, According to Physical Therapists

Mental Floss | Karena Wu Best PTMassage guns are great tools for self-massage. This at home piece of equipment is helpful for anyone, from the young to the old. International Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu uses and recommends these for her clients in the clinic and for their travels. There are many types but Dr. Wu and her peers discuss their top 4 picks in this article.

To read the article on Mental Floss, click here.

Eating Well & Yahoo News : 8 Surprising Health Benefits of Pilates, According to Experts

eating well magazine karena wu best ptYahoo_News_LogoActiveCare Physical Therapy specializes in Pilates based rehabilitation. Celebrity Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu has incorporated Pilates into rehab since 2005. Her team of highly skilled physical therapists utilize this holistic exercise to treat multiple orthopedic injuries.

To see Dr. Wu’s comments in Eating Well on the multiple benefits of Pilates, click here.

To see Dr. Wu’s comments in Yahoo News on the multiple benefits of Pilates, click here.

Bustle: The 6 Best Lumbar Support Cushions For Office Chairs, According To A Chiropractor & Physical Therapist

NYC’s Best Rated Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu and her team at ActiveCare Physical Therapy emphasize posture in their care. As a Pilates based rehabilitation facility, postural awareness is one of the foundational principles in Pilates and is incorporated at the start of recovery and throughout. Dr. Wu’s top pick for lumbar support cushions is the McKenzie lumbar roll. This roll was developed by a New Zealand physical therapist, Robin McKenzie and comes in two densities. This support serves as a reminder to sit up and use your own muscles when you get stuck working at the desk.

To read the story on Bustle, click here.


Teen Kids News: The 11 Best Massage Guns of 2021

teen kids news acpt press 2021Back to school: How to choose a backpack that won’t hurt your back
NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu discusses the new school year. Back to school means shopping for backpacks. Picking the right one can be challenging. Dr. Wu discusses how much weight you should carry and what to look for in a backpack. Picking a functional but fun backpack can be helpful to avoid stresses on the body.

To read the story, click here.


CNN & Very Well Fit: The 11 Best Massage Guns of 2021

cnn logoMassage guns are great at home tools that help with soft tissue tightness and pain. The rapid percussion of the massage gun head can help bring blood flow to an area, loosen the soft tissues and relieve pain, stiffness and tightness. Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu promotes massage guns in the clinic, at home and in sports. Massage guns are a great way to cover a lot of area, warm up tissues quickly and help maintain the musculoskeletal system or rehabilitate an injured area.

To read the article on Very Well Fit, click here.
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NBC Today & MSN: Don’t Stretch Every Day? Here’s why that’s a Problem Once you Hit 30

nbc today logoNYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was asked to discuss the changes of aging. With over 21 years of experience, Dr. Wu has worked in outpatient orthopedics with patients of all ages. Her work includes hands-on rehabilitation, holistic care and patient MSN logoeducation on the client’s condition and prognosis. Her team at ActiveCare Physical Therapy emphasize the educational component of a patient’s journey in recovery. Dr. Wu contributes to this story on the effects of aging on your tissues as we try to maintain fitness. She also recommends five daily stretches and the importance of them over and beyond the musculoskeletal health.

To read the story on NBC Today, click here.
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Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy

Can you get physical therapy for plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis causes pain at the bottom of your heel. Your plantar fascia is ligament that connects the heel with the front side of the foot. Resembling a web, it works like a shock absorber and the curve of your foot, which helps you to walk.

Plantar fasciitis is among the most common orthopedic complaints. During your daily life, you experience a lot of wear and tear in your plantar fascia ligaments. When you put a lot of pressure on your ligaments, they suffer from damage and tears. When this ligament suffers from damage, it becomes inflamed, and you feel pain and stiffness due to this inflammation.

However, the real cause of plantar fasciitis is not clear. In a study, it was suggested that this condition involves degeneration then inflammation of the plantar fascia (Source). The better name of this condition may be plantar fasciosis because the meaning of fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia.

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Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis appear when you suddenly increase your activities. You may feel a stabbing type of pain on the bottom of the heel, and a sensation that your arch is stiffed and tender. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may experience pain:

  • When you are standing for a long time
  • In the morning, when you step out of your bed and take your first steps.
  • When you stand up after sitting for a long time
  • After you perform intensity activities such as jumping or running
  • When you walk wearing shoes with poor support or barefoot
  • While climbing stairs

The pain can rise and fall during the day time, and when your body warms up after you perform various activities, the pain gets worse. In severe cases, you may start limping.

Common treatments Physical Therapists Use to Cure Plantar Fasciitis

1.     Fascia mobilization

Mobilizing your fascial bond on the plantar region of your foot is essential to modify your scar tissue and increase flexibility in weight-bearing demands. As rolling a ball on the bottom of your foot in order to lower the tension on the muscle can help with mobility, it is not deep enough to concentrate on the restrictions. Physical therapists can specifically target the primary restricted areas, but you can also target the limitations in the mobility of your foot and ankle by keeping your foot from getting used to the ground while evening weight distribution when you are walking.

2.     Graston/ASTYM

Both of these methods improve the mobility of soft tissues with the help of unique crafted tools. These tools are specially designed to target soft tissues and connective restrictions in your body. Physical therapists are trained in one of these techniques, and directly target the restriction areas and adjust the scar tissue that is causing chronic pain, limited mobility, and stiffness. Once the pain and mobility improve, you will regain your foot’s functionality.

3.     Dry Needling

Dry needling is a type of trigger point therapy that releases muscle restriction, which is mainly responsible for pain and altered movement. With this method, your therapist doesn’t treat your plantar fascia directly. Rather, they target knots in the hamstring and proximal calf muscles to provide favorable benefits.

4.     Low-Dye or Kinesio Taping

Low-Dye is a kind of taping that avoids flattening of your arch. This offers pain relief and support to your plantar fascia while performing weight-bearing tasks. Low-Dye is a rehabilitative technique that uses specially designed tape to provide muscle support, which eventually promotes the natural healing method of your body. This will help improve your foot’s function without limiting natural mobility. Patients who improve their conditions with Kinesio taping also benefited from orthotics.

5.     Footwear Recommendations

While people with high or low arches are likely to develop fasciitis, the choice of shoes may differ. Your physical therapist will not only advise you on how you can accommodate your foot on the ground but also offer recommendations for shoes that can reduce your pain while you stand or walk.

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What You Should Expect from a Physical Therapist

Your physical therapist may ask you the following questions to better understand your condition:

  • Do your symptoms occur at a particular time during the day?
  • Do you run or participate in sports that require running?
  • What kind of shoes do you wear most often?
  • Do you have a job that is physically demanding?
  • Do you feel pain in places other than your feet?
  • Have you suffered from foot problems before?
  • What activities worsen your symptoms?
  • What activities improve your symptoms?

Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy: Conclusion

If you ignore plantar fasciitis, it may end up in chronic heel pain that affects your daily activities. Unless you change your way of walking to relieve plantar fasciitis, the condition may lead to back, hip, knee, or foot problems. So it is essential to visit a Physical therapist as soon as possible.

Get in touch with ActiveCare Physical Therapy© at (212) 777-4374 to schedule an appointment with a professional physical therapist. For further information, visit our main website.

What is Bursitis?

physical therapy for Bursitis new yorkBursitis is an inflammation of the fluid filled sac that sits between tendons and bones. The purpose of the bursa is to minimize friction when the tendon pulls on the bone during movement. If muscles and tendons are tight, they can compress the bursa and cause irritation. The bursa is a passive structure so oftentimes you will feel more pain at rest versus with movement.

Shoulder, Knee, Hip Bursitis PT NYCTreatment for bursitis is to reduce the irritation and inflammation in the bursa. Modalities that reduce inflammation and swelling will help reduce the pain. A physical therapist will determine if the overlying muscles need to be stretched or strengthened to reduce pressure on the bursa. Kinesiology tape, ultrasound, soft tissue mobilization, stretches and strengthening exercises will be utilized to help reduce the pain.

Bursitis can resolve in a few days to a few weeks. Rest is also commonly prescribed and patients will be educated about their condition and what activity modifications are required.

The physical Therapists at ActiveCare Physical Therapy © are experts in treating all types of bursitis, including the hip, shoulder and knee.

If you’re in need of physical therapy sessions for bursitis,  or call us (212) 777-4374

Plantar Fasciitis & Physical Therapy

Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy | Best PT NYCWhat is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia is a very dense fibrous band of connective tissue that sits under the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue gets inflamed and irritated when the calf muscles get tight from overuse and there is a log of pressure in the foot. Common patient complaints will be pain on the bottom and inside of the heel especially first thing in the morning and after prolonged sitting.

Causes & Treatment

plantar fascia fascitis foot anatomyCauses of plantar fasciitis can be from wearing heels, standing too long, being overweight, having high arches, tight heel cords or wearing unsupportive shoes. Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes reducing the inflammation, stretching the muscles and connective tissue, mobilizing the subtalar joint and rigid and kinesiology taping to maintain joint positioning to reduce tension on the fascia. A physical therapist can guide you in wearing night splints, resting, wearing supportive inserts and exercises to stretch and strengthen the lower leg musculature.

Plantar fasciitis can take months to resolve because of the constant use of our feet and the wear and tear they endure. If physical therapy does not resolve it quickly, injections can be an adjunct option during your rehabilitation.

If you need physical therapy for plantar fasciitis, call us at ActiveCare Physical Therapy in NYC. We have extensive experience treating the foot and many other common conditions requiring physical therapy. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment or use the easy online today!

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ActiveCare Physical Therapy
12 W 37th St. Ste. 1202
New York, NY 10018
(212) 777-4374

Rehabilitation Physical Therapists

If you are suffering from a serious injury, went through surgery, or had a stroke, your doctor might recommend a rehabilitation physical therapist so that you can recover. With rehabilitation therapy, you will experience a controlled medical environment that will help you recover from your condition. Moreover, you will be able to redevelop your strength, relearn the skills that you lost, or find a new way to perform various activities that might be difficult for you now.

Therapists and rehabilitation experts will help you recover from any physical changes that your injury caused, chronic disease, or medical conditions. There are various types of rehabilitation specialists, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists.

Rehabilitation Physical Therapists

1.     Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists will help you perform tasks that you need for every-day working and living. These therapists work with people who have mental, physical, or developmental disabilities. This includes patients who experienced a stroke and have lost functionality on one side of the body. Furthermore, patients who have lung or heart disease, breathing or activity limitations, suffer from diabetes, or amputees also need therapy. They help their clients to find a new way to work, eat, cook, or dress. They may visit their patients at their workplace or at their home so that they can find adaptive equipment or guide them to do things in new ways. Occupational therapists have a doctoral or master’s degree and earn licensing through their state.

You might be of any age to receive occupational therapy services. From newborns to seniors, all people require these therapists. Occupational therapists can help you in endless ways, such as:

  • When you experience a painful brain injury and lose your cognitive function, you may require a therapist to assist you in tasks and activities such as applying for a job or submitting college applications.
  • Children suffering from physical disabilities may require a therapist to help develop the coordination needed to eat, improve handwriting, and operate a computer.
  • Adults suffering from depression can also visit a therapist so that they can re-engage in their daily tasks and maximize their chances to succeed in life.
  • If a person loses the ability to grab a spoon because of an injury, they may consult a therapist to regain grip strength and adjust movements, ultimately being able to resume daily life tasks.

2.     Physical Therapists (PTs)

Physical therapists help you when you have a disability, medical condition, or injury that limits your ability to function or even move. Physical therapists will test your ability to move and your strength. Then, they will create a treatment plan. The main focus of treatment is to restore function, reduce pain, improve mobility, or prevent any further disability from occurring. Physical Therapists also treat patients who had a stroke, amputation, chronic disease, or injury. To become a physical therapist, a person should have 2-years of masters or 3-year doctoral degree. They also need a license from the state. Common therapies of a physical therapist include:

  • Pain management
  • Balance and gait retraining
  • Cardiovascular strengthening
  • Special stretches and exercises designed to improve mobility, relieve pain or regain strength.
  • Rehab and exercises so that you can learn how to use an artificial limb
  • Splinting, burn care, casting, or using orthotics (splints or braces)
  • Practicing the gadgets assisting in balance or movement, such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, or walkers
  • Heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, or massage to ease muscle spasms and pain

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3.     Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Therapists care and treat people with breathing problems. They help patients with all ages, starting from premature babies to older aged-people with lung disease, emphysema, or asthma. Respiratory therapists need a license in most states. Along with a license, they also need an associate’s degree; however, many respiratory therapists also have a bachelor’s degree.

4.     Speech Therapists

These types of therapists are also known as speech-language pathologists. They help patients who are unable to speak, communicate, or swallow properly. Such problems are mostly the result of cancer, brain injury, or a stroke. Speech therapists construct a program based on each of their patients. If a patient could not speak, the therapist may guide them to communicate through sign language, communication devices, and any other methods. For people who are unable to swallow, they teach them to strengthen their muscles or a different way to swallow liquids and food without choking. Speech therapists require a master’s degree and a license from their state.

Rehabilitation Physical Therapist: Conclusion

If you are looking for rehabilitation therapists and require a rehabilitation program to recover from a condition or disability, call our clinic at (212) 777-4374. You can also visit our website for more information.

We have the best professional therapists who are available to help you with most common injuries and conditions, such as hip, neck or back pain, and any disability. They are ready to understand your problems and design a program to improve your health and daily life activities.

ActiveCare Physical Therapy Participates in the 2021 NYC Walk to Cure Arthritis

Team Activecare PT was honored this year to be named the Top Fundraising Team of the NYC Walk to Cure Arthritis! We raised over 25K this year with the help of our generous donors who include family, friends and patients. Team ActiveCare PT walked through midtown Manhattan to enjoy the beautiful weather and support this great cause which affects 54 million Americans. You can still donate even though the walk is done.

Please go to our team page: https://events.arthritis.org/team/ActiveCarePhysicalTherapy. Every little bit helps to find a cure for arthritis. Thank you for your support!

Physical Therapy Telehealth

Have you ever wished that your physical therapist can teach you to move better at home? Do you find it hard to reach your appointments on time? You can try physical therapy telehealth, which is a one on one, live video appointment with your physical therapist. Telehealth is becoming famous nowadays and enables patients to talk and see their physical therapists and healthcare providers, from the convenience and comfort of your home.

Physical therapy telehealth

How Is Telehealth Delivered?

There are four ways a physical therapist can deliver telehealth physical therapy services. Below you can find all the methods:

1.    Live Video

This is also called “synchronous” format and involves live interaction between both parties through video. You can also call this method real-time. This is the best and ideal type of delivery for treatments and evaluations.

2.    Store-and-Forward

You can also call this method ‘asynchronous’ format. This offers you to transfer medical or history records through a secure electronic means. You can send your x-rays, progressive notes, and much more through this method.

3.    Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM):

This involves remote monitoring of health and medical data of the patients through secure electronic means. This method is perfect for monitoring blood glucose and blood pressure, steps each day, and much more.

4.    Mobile Health (mHealth):

This offers education, public health notifications, and healthcare services over tablets, cell phone, and other electronic devices.

Benefits of Telehealth Physical Therapy

Here are some reasons when you should consider telehealth physical therapist:

1.    Accessibility

You can stay in touch with your physical therapist after the first in-person visit. Telehealth physical therapy will also connect you with a professional physical therapist who has great experience, knows your condition, has board certification as a specialist, and is far from you. If you live in an area where you cannot find any physical therapist, you can use this method.

2.    Home Safety

You can also discuss ways to maintain the safety of your house through a visual telehealth appointment. Your physical therapist can also guide you on what to do if you fall.

3.    Convenience

You can communicate with the physical therapist anywhere, anytime. Therefore, physical therapy sessions are possible for everyone. If you had a new injury and require quick advice and cannot leave your bed, you can discuss your condition with your physical therapist through telehealth physical therapy. So with telehealth physical therapy, you no longer need to compromise your health if you cannot visit the physical therapist in person.

4.    Personalized Care

During a visit to telehealth private physical therapy session, you will be working one on one with your physical therapist, without any distraction. You can also ask your caregivers or family members to join the appointment.

5.    Success Rates

Patients who participated in telehealth physical therapy were likely to follow their home exercise program. Your physical therapist will share an effective and safe home exercise program that you can do at home according to your goals and needs. It is essential to stick to your prescribed exercise for long-term health benefits.

6.    Time Savings

There is no waiting in the waiting area. And after your appointment, you can quickly start dealing with the activities you performed before the session without spending any time on the roads.

7.    Transportation

You do not have to drive. A telehealth appointment will reduce all your burdens of traveling to your appointments. Telehealth is perfect for caregivers and parents with children who are concerned about traveling for the appointment with their loved ones. Telehealth is also perfect for people who have no access to transportation that easily.

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Most of the patients who went through telehealth physical therapy expressed satisfaction and would want to take the session again. Patients receive support and stay connected with their telehealth physical therapist. Having such support by staying at home and still going through rehabilitation is effective. According to some studies, telehealth has equal and better outcomes than traditional physical therapy methods. Who Can Join In Telehealth Physical Therapy?

People belonging to any age, who are having some medical condition or symptoms, can be the candidate for telehealth. Here are a few examples of conditions in which a physical therapist can help you through telehealth:

  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Chronic pain management
  • Postoperative care
  • Balance
  • And any other condition that physical therapist thinks he can help you through telehealth

Physical Therapy Telehealth: Conclusion

As now we spend more time at home practicing social distancing, each state is having difficulty in deciding whether physical therapy is viable. Physical therapy is essential for safely treating and repairing musculoskeletal injuries.

Therefore, if you are looking for a physical therapist for your condition regarding pain in your ligaments, tendons, or bones, you can call us at (212) 777-4374. Alternatively, visit our website for a better understanding of your condition.

ActiveCare Physical Therapy Treats Patients With Arthritis

Best Physical Therapy NYCActiveCare Physical Therapy treats patients with arthritis. Arthritis encompasses different diagnoses like rheumatoid, juvenile, psoriatic, lupus, gout and fibromyalgia and many more. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu and her team work with patients with ankylosing spondylitis which affects the spine. Exercise is an important component of treatment and management of this condition in addition to manual therapies.

the-healthy-logoDr. Wu was quoted in The Healthy speaking on these topics:

Everyday Health: 7 Quick Ways to Fit Exercise into Your Day if You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis


Physical Therapy: Shoulders

At what point do you need physical therapy for the shoulders? Your shoulders are an essential part of your body. They are the most movable and flexible joints that consist of multiple tendons, bones, and muscles. They are responsible for providing mobility, which allows you to perform various daily tasks and activities, along with various exercise routines.

Physical therapy for the shoulders

Shoulder pain may be due to numerous reasons, and you can take various steps to reduce your discomfort. Physical therapy is an easy, effective, and natural way to get relief from shoulder pain. To know more about how physical therapy can help you with your back pain, you should read this article.

Physical therapy, or rehabilitation, can ease you from joint and muscle pain. A licensed and professional physical therapist will use various methods to strengthen your muscles, make your body move, and feel better. Here are some of the methods that a Physical therapist might try on you:

  • Joint Mobilization
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Limitations Assessment
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Stretches for Flexibility
  • Kinesio Taping for Stability
  • Ultrasound massage

Millions of people suffering from shoulder pain will visit a physical therapist for relief. A physical therapist is a licensed and highly educated professional who has the ability to treat various chronic conditions, diseases, and injuries.

The primary goal of physical therapy is to maintain everyday quality of life by increasing your mobility and strength and decreasing your pain. If you have difficulty dressing up, reaching the highest shelf, and tucking in your shirt, then physical therapy is necessary. Or if you are avoiding similar activities due to pain, weakness, or stiffness, physical therapy is the best option for help.

Why are You Experiencing Shoulder Pain

There are many reasons for your shoulder pain. For instance, sudden trauma or injury to your shoulders can lead to severe pain. Repetitive motion can also be a reason for shoulder pain, as your tendons, joints, and muscles are working overtime. Physical therapy can help you with many conditions that may be the reason for your discomfort or pain that you are experiencing in your shoulder. Some of the common conditions that result in shoulder pain are mentioned below:

1.     Tendonitis

This condition occurs when you have inflamed or irritated tendons. Tendonitis may appear in various regions of your body. You may know this condition with other names, such as swimmer’s shoulder, tennis elbow, and jumper’s knee. An experienced physical therapist can treat different types of tendonitis and relieve the inflamed area.

2.     Strains and Sprains

A strain may occur due to torn or stretched tendons or muscles. A sprain may occur when you tear or pull your ligaments. Strains and sprains may result in severe shoulder pain, which makes daily life activities and tasks harder to perform. A minor sprain or strain can improve by resting or by icing at home. If the condition is severe, you will require treatment through physical therapy.

Rotator cuff strains are one of the leading reasons for shoulder pain. A physical therapist will find the best exercises to strengthen your shoulder without further damage and utilizing other treatments to decrease your shoulder pain.

3.     Bursitis

Bursitis is an inflamed condition of the joints. These are fluid-filled sacs that surround your tendons, muscles, and bones. Bursitis affects those sacs and often occurs due to repetitive motions. You may feel achy or stiff in the affected area if you are experiencing bursitis. The affected area will swell and become red. With physical therapy, you can ease the painful symptoms and inflammation.

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4.     Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition with severe pain, which occurs after a long time of inactivity, such as after an injury or getting contained to a sling or for any unknown reason. This condition becomes worse after some time and results in stiffness and pain. You will probably recover from this condition after a few years, but physical therapy will help provide relief while recovering. Furthermore, it also helps to speed up the process.

5.     Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease related to your joints and causes stiffness and pain. There are various types of arthritis, but most commonly, people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation and swelling in your joints. However, in osteoarthritis, damage to the cartilage between bones causes both the bones to rub together. For both of these arthritis conditions, you can relieve pain and improve mobility through physical therapy.

6.     Shoulder Instability

You may be suffering from shoulder instability due to various reasons, such as traumatic dislocation and ligament laxity. Damage to the labrum, which keeps your shoulder in the joint socket, is also a major reason why shoulder instability occurs. Muscles provide stability for your shoulder, and you can strengthen and train to support your shoulder properly.

Physical Therapy for the Shoulders: Conclusion

No matter what type of pain you are suffering from, an experienced physical therapist will create a specialized program to treat your condition. Physical therapy proves to be effective for various conditions, and in most cases, eliminates the requirement of harmful drugs and surgeries.

If you are suffering from shoulder pain or any pain affecting your daily activities, contact us at (212) 777-4374 or visit our main PT website to learn more about Physical Therapy for your shoulder pain and any other condition.

Seneca Women Here’s Something Good: How to get back to your pre-Covid workouts

seneca women heres something good Physical therapist Karena WuWFH (work from home) is still in play post Covid-19. International Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was asked to join the Seneca Women podcast network (in partnership with iHeart radio) to discuss how to get back to working out as the covid crisis continues. This daily show is dedicated to describing something good happening in our world. Dr. Wu discusses the things that motivate you, dangers to be aware of and things you can do from your home to get your pre-covid body back. This can apply to anyone working from home anywhere!

To hear the podcast, click for it on Apple podcasts or on iHeartRadio podcasts.

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Business Insider India | Karena Wu Best PT NYC Press | Standing & HealthInternational celebrity physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu is owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy NYC and Mumbai. Both clinics offer specialized manual therapies, Pilates based rehabilitation and sports specific rehabilitation. The physical therapists at ActiveCare PT educate patients on daily routines to include work activities. Dr. Wu treats clients in the US as well as India. She was quoted in theBusiness Insider India on her views on sitting versus standing at your desk. She is a big believer in moderation and listening to your body for what the task demands. To see the whole story in Business Insider India, click here.

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Why It Is Important to Consult a Physical Therapist for Hip Injuries

Do you need a physical therapist for hip injuries? Hip injuries can occur due to several reasons. You could be playing sports or lifting something heavy, which could result in injuring your hip. In case you don’t know, the hip joint tolerates weight when you walk. Applying additional pressure could result in complicated conditions and injury.

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Other than this, if you play sports that consist of physical play, falling down or a bad tackle can injure your hip. You could either wait for the pain to leave or have it checked by a professional, such as a physical therapist, which is always a good idea.

Continue reading forward as we’ll explain why you need to visit a physical therapist in case of a hip injury.

Who Are Physical Therapists?

Physical therapists are the experts in treating and diagnosing physical disorders, injuries, and disabilities of your body. Whether your physical condition is due to any diseases, injury, or other reasons, a physical therapist will find a way to help you improve your ability to move and manage pain.

When the function of your body gets disturbed or related to impairment like neurological, musculoskeletal, integumentary (skin), and cardiopulmonary, a physical therapist can recommend treatment accordingly. Before recommending or applying any treatment to alleviate the pain, they evaluate these systems.

They devise accurate and safe exercises for your physical condition. A physical therapist must have good problem-solving and verbal communication skills. The best physical therapist avoids creating a traditional office atmosphere and enjoys his works with other employees.

Types of Hip Conditions a Physical Therapist Treats

Our hip joint is a joint between our pelvis and thigh bone. You can also call them ball-and-socket joints because they look like a ball from the top area of your thigh bone. Usually, your hips tolerate tremendous force during the gait cycle, and it can break in case of severe injury only.

You can damage or injure your hips due to playing intense sports, falling from a height, or running. Almost all hip conditions are treatable, but if you do not give them proper attention, you might have to live with following hip conditions.

  • Hip arthritis
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Hip bursitis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip dislocation
  • Hip fracture
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis

How a Physical Therapist Treats Hip Injuries

If you have any hip injury or condition, seek help from a physical therapist. Delaying might increase the risk of further complications, such as, weakness, pain, instability, or healing of fracture in the wrong position (difficult to undo). Some home remedies like icing and compression might decrease swelling, but it won’t cure or fix your injury properly.

Consulting a physical therapist will get you a quick diagnosis accordingly. They can treat your hip condition with simple treatments. Your physical therapist might include some medicines and exercises during your hip treatment procedure.

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The most common technique a physical therapist use to treat your hip condition is internal rotation joint mobilization in supine. Your therapist will rotate the hip by bending your knee to a 90-degree angle (flexed position). This technique will increase your hip’s resistance and help you in standing and walking with less pain.

How Long Does the Physical Therapy for Hip Injuries Last?

A physical therapist will focus on reducing your pain, increasing motion, and improving strength. Techniques for reducing pain might include icing, massage, exercises, and heat. As for your motion and movement speed, they will start by moving your hip passively and take a step forward to active stretching and exercises.

However, during the whole physical therapy procedure, you have to avoid any physical activities without the supervision of your therapist. Hip injuries usually take almost six weeks to heal, but you cannot predict a time frame until you know its severity.

Bottom Line: Consult ActiveCare Physical Therapy © for Your Hip Injury

If you’re thinking where you can find a professional physical therapist, you have come to the right place. At ActiveCare Physical Therapy ©, we have the best therapists to treat most conditions requiring PT, including hip injuries.

Our PT’s provide the latest progressive treatments, from manual therapies to joint mobilizations to functional training. So, if you are suffering from a hip injury or want to consult our therapists for other conditions, contact us today and heal yourself with the best!

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New York, NY 10018
(212) 777-4374


Sports Physical Therapy: What Is It and How it Helps Athletes

What is sports physical therapy? Everyone plays sports as a hobby or fun activity. Besides, some people devote their lives to a particular sport. Whether playing soccer with friends or on a domestic or international level, everyone who plays sports knows several injuries may occur during and after a game.

Sports injuries such as sore or torn muscles can cause a lot of pain. Sometimes without getting any treatment, a person can move on as the pain fades away. But, if you’re really into sports, it is important that you have someone to help you with your injuries and educate you on your condition.

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This is where sports physical therapists come into play. Continue reading as we discuss how sports physical therapy helps athletes stay fit and prevent injuries.

Who Are Sports Physical Therapists?

Sportsman or not, you must already know what a physical therapist does. They are movement experts who help patients recover from injuries and prevent future problems. These professionals get a doctor of physical therapy degree and go through several years of training to achieve a license.

They know and understand a human body’s anatomy, musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, etc.

Physical therapists help athletes manage and reduce pain, and restore function. They also help sportspeople achieve fitness, stay active, and prevent injuries.

Physical Therapy in Sports

When it comes to sports, whether played on domestic or international levels, team managers pay hefty amounts to keep their players fit and healthy. One of the things they need to make sure they can provide their players is physical therapists.

As mentioned earlier, it’s pretty common for players to get injured during a game. This means if a player is facing issues in moving with the flexibility they should, a physical therapist evaluates and finds the root cause. They also decide whether the player should continue playing or not.

They usually sit in the sidelines or dugouts during the game. You might have noticed when a football player gets injured; a doctor runs on to the pitch to help them out. Well, these aren’t general physicians; they are physical therapists.

Besides team sports, such as football or cricket, athletes who play individual sports also need physical therapists. For instance, tennis players, boxers, swimmers, cyclists, etc., all need physical therapy at some stage.

The Importance of Sports Physical Therapists

Sports injuries are quite unpredictable, and you never know when it could happen and how. Therefore, players always need someone to help them manage pain and avoid injuries. PTs make sure whether the player can play the current and next game so that they don’t put themselves in further risk. This is why physical therapists play an important role in keeping a player fit and healthy for every game.

Besides, players often schedule meetings with their physical therapists after a game or training to find out whether they are as fit as they should be. Physical therapists work with players and focus on enhancing their mobility by prescribing specific and safe exercises.

A sports physical therapist doesn’t necessarily work for professional players. Even if you’re not a sportsman, but live an active lifestyle and engage in sports activities, you should consider visiting one for advice and examination when you feel pain.

How Do They Help You?

Well, as we mentioned earlier, sports injuries are pretty common, but sometimes they can be quite severe. For instance, some players have to go through surgery, and after that, they are unable to perform the way they used to do before the injury.

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Sports physical therapists engage the patient in safe exercises without any medication and allow the patient to slowly build that mobility they once had. Thus, having a physical therapist by your side during recovery can be quite helpful as this reduces the chances of aggravating the condition and helps quickly recover.

Here are some conditions that a sports physical therapist may treat.

  • ROM, this refers to when overuse of muscles causes them to lack the mobility they had
  • Ankle sprains are quite common in sports that require you to run
  • Broken bones, closed, open, or even compound fractures
  • Knee Ligament Injury
  • Joint replacement
  • Pain in parts of the body that lead to soreness and stiffness

Sports Physical Therapy: Consult ActiveCare Physical Therapy ©

We have mentioned the basics of sports physical therapy and how it plays a useful and helpful part in allowing sports players to continue their healthy activities. If you’re wondering where to find a professional physical therapist, who can advise and help you with any physical condition that needs attention, we have the best physical therapists.

At ActiveCare physical therapy, we adopt a holistic approach to care and also offer sports-specific rehabilitation. So if you want to heal your injuries with the help of the best sports physical therapists in the town, contact us today and book an appointment.

Physical Therapy

Your doctor may suggest physical therapy if you have just recently suffered from a serious physical injury or illness. These injuries or illnesses greatly affect one’s daily life, making everyday tasks harder to perform.

Physical therapy or PT is a treatment that relieves you from pain. It also helps your body move and function better so that you can live a better life. Physical therapy helps you in:

  • Improving your movement
  • Relieving you from pain
  • Works as rehab after surgery, injury, accident, or stroke
  • Prevent surgery or disability
  • Recover or prevent any sports injury
  • Recovering after you gave birth
  • Manage a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis
  • Work on your balance to prevent you from falling and slipping
  • Adaptation to an artificial limb
  • Control your bladder or bowels
  • Get a brace or splint
  • Learn to use assistive devices such as cane or walker

You can be of any age to get physical therapy, which can help treat various health problems.

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Most Common Benefits

Physical therapy helps you recover through the pain. No matter what type of condition or injury you are suffering from, a physical therapist can help. Here are some benefits of Physical therapy that you should know:

1.     Eliminate or Reduce Pain

Therapeutic exercises and normal therapy help you when you have pain in your joints and soft tissue. Furthermore, treatments such as ultrasounds or electrical stimulation can also help.

2.     Avoid Surgery

A physical therapist can help eliminate the pain that you experience due to any injury without surgery. Even in many cases that require surgery, pre-surgery physical therapy may also help. You will recover faster than surgery when there is a pre-surgery therapist to help you. Physical therapy also reduces health expenses.

3.     Improve Mobility

If you are having trouble in any kind of movement, despite your age, a therapist can help. They can strengthen and stretch your body muscles to help bring your body back to normal. They can help you recover faster than any other treatment. Physical therapists can properly train you to handle crutches or canes.

4.     Recover from a Stroke

It is natural to lose some degrees of movement after you suffer from a stroke. Physical therapy helps weak body parts and improves your balance. Moreover, physical therapists also help people who suffer from a stroke by helping them with everyday tasks that include using the bathroom, getting dressed, and bathing.

5.     Recover from a Sports Injury

A physical therapist can understand the different reasons for sports injuries. They can design good prevention programs to ensure that you are safe.

6.     Manage Age-Related Issues

You can be of any age and still develop arthritis or osteoporosis. Luckily, physical therapists are good at helping patients recover from joint replacements and manage arthritis.

7.     Manage Lung and Heart Disease

Patients may complete cardiac rehabilitation from this procedure after a heart attack. For pulmonary problems, the therapist can improve your life through breathing conditioning and help you by cleaning fluid in the lungs.

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Do You Need Physical Therapy?

How do you know when you require a skilled physical therapist? Well, if you are suffering from an illness or injury that is leading to physical impairment, pain, loss of function, or limited movement, you need a physical therapist to resolve such problems.

A physical therapist can treat you despite your age. That means physical therapy is beneficial for any age. Many specialists suggest that the benefits of physical therapy may include guaranteed treatment for pain and that it’s a strategy to improve body function.

Various problems that a physical therapist treats and evaluate are:

  • Amputations
  • Stroke
  • Fracture
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sport injuries

You should know that physical therapy can treat many problems other than those listed above. Just openly speak with your doctor if you are feeling any type of pain. Physical therapists discuss with their patients, doctors of their patients, and family members to ensure that their patients are safe and functioning properly.

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Diseases Treated by Physical Therapy

Here is a list of some diseases and disabilities that one can treat with physical therapy:

  • Sports Related Injuries
  • Lymphedema
  • Back and neck pain
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Limited range of motion
  • Vertigo
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Burns
  • Respiratory issues
  • Ankle sprain
  • Joint replacement
  • Foot fracture
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Knee ligament injury
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction

Conclusion: Consult ActiveCare Physical Therapy © – Top NYC PT Clinic

To find a suitable physical therapist, you need to keep in mind a number of factors, such as the reason for treatment, insurance, and geographical location. You can contact our clinic to make an appointment if you are in New York City or a telehealth appointment for those out of NYC.

ActiveCare Physical Therapy © provides a wide-range of therapy options for the above mentioned and many more conditions. Contact us at (212)777-4374. Or visit our website for further information.

ActiveCare Physical Therapy joins the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce

NY Chamber of Commerce Member 2021The Chamber aims to improve the business climate in the New York Metropolitan Area for businesses, residents and others in the area. They work with over 30,000 businesses and civic leaders in the Greater New York business community. As a small business, ActiveCare Physical Therapy works with many forums to be able to provide the best business and professional services to our clientele. In this new climate, the collaboration with others in our arena is important and now more of a necessity for additional support. We are happy to be a part of the GNYCC and look forward to continuing to provide the best physical therapy services in NYC.

Fit3D Postural Scan

You can maintain your overall health by improving your posture. Many people do not know, but having a good posture is as important as a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep. You need to position your body properly so that you can undertake daily activities with more energy and power. It’s a major factor in maintaining your overall physical health.

So you might be wondering: what is a good posture, and how can you maintain it? Posture is the natural position with which we hold our bodies while sitting, standing, and even laying down. With a good posture, your muscle tension is right, and your entire body aligns symmetrically. Not to mention, it is easy to maintain a good posture.

What is Good Posture?

A good posture is the suitable alignment of your body when sitting or standing. Right positioning involves properly training yourself to hold your entire body against gravity with the minimum tension and strain on supportive structures, such as your ligaments and muscles. Furthermore, appropriate posture maintains your joints and bones in the best alignment and decreases any kind of stress on supportive structures.

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Why Is It Important to Maintain A Good Posture?

Here are a few benefits of maintaining a perfect posture:

  • Enabling muscles allows you to coordinate in an effective manner and ensure that the body utilizes less energy. It also helps eliminate muscle fatigue. This will allow the person to perform tasks for a longer time with minimum fatigue.
  • Holds your spinal joints at the right place, which is important to maintain good posture. When your ligaments are less-stressed, along with your alignment joints, you will have fewer chances of injury.
  • Help you prevent muscular and back pain; all these signs indicate that you have an un-relaxed body. By preventing the pain, you will eliminate numerous alignments that cause bad body posture.

Symptoms of Poor Posture

Symptoms of a poor posture are mentioned below:

  • Headache
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Body pains and aches
  • Back pain
  • Head leaning forward or backward
  • Bent knees while walking or standing
  • Potbelly
  • Rounded shoulders

What Does a Posture Scanner Do?

The Posture Scan captures the details of everyday human movement. The standardized scan protocol makes the outcome comparable and the examination consistent. You should ‘perform’ each movement of your body according to the instruction video or with expert training. Then, you should record all the performance during the repetitions. The posture scanner also gathers metadata such as age, gender, and discomfort. Before the scan starts, Posture Scanner will ask the candidate if they can squat or balance on one leg.

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Why Fit3D for Your Posture Analysis?

Fit3D ProScanner is a part of the 3D scanner for your body and includes evaluation of your body posture, from your head to your feet. Unlike other equipment that assesses your posture, the Fit3D scanner examines the position of your eyes and ears as a baseline and provides essential insight on your neck and its position. The analysis of our posture calculates your ankle, knees, hips, and shoulder positions while you are standing. It also provides wellness metric poses on the shape of your body, trunk to the leg, and waist to hip volume ratios, and much more.

This is important if you have mobility issues, or chronic pain in your back, neck, or joints. A posture examination can help you focus your time in the fitness center and on activities that support your core. After some time, as your health and fitness improve, you can scan your body again to see changes and additionally regulate your posture.

Finally, and most importantly, the Fit3D ProScanner performs all these processes and analyses automatically. Using the app with an insightful interface, this system provides a complete report with a detailed analysis that would usually require a therapist to determine.

Body Shape Rating (BSR)

BSR is a score based on the connection between your cardiovascular to body shape risk factors. It gives answers to questions as to whether your body shape has a chance to develop potential cardiovascular health issues. BSR is rated from 0 to 100, where 50 is an average score. The higher your number, the lower you are at risk of developing such conditions.

Trunk to Leg Volume Ratio

This ratio compares your trunk’s volume with your legs. According to researches, having a high percentage of body volume in the torso as compared to your legs increases the chances of experiencing diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndromes, high triglyceride (fat) counts, prediabetes, and various health complications.

Weight in Your Midsection

Weight in your midsection is highly associated with visceral fat, which is one of the unhealthy fats covering your organs. This can cause many negative health effects. If you have small legs and a big belly, you have centered-weight on the midsection and visceral fat.

Fit3D Postural Scan: Conclusion

If you are worried about your bad posture, you can visit our clinic for a professional physical therapist. Simply call us at (212) 777-4374 to arrange an appointment or visit our website to learn more about physical therapy and how we treat conditions due to bad posture.