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.

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

Good Posture Isn’t All About Your Back — Here’s What Else You Should Pay Attention to

From Thrive Global:

Good Posture Isn’t All About Your Back — Here’s What Else You Should Pay Attention to

Posture is one of the first things a physical therapist addresses when working holistically. ActiveCare Physical Therapy is a holistic manual therapy specialty clinic. We help you with your injury but tie it into the person as a whole which includes your posture and habits. A physical therapist, spine surgeon, and orthopedic surgeons weigh in on posture in this Thrive Global article. The other components involved in good upright posture are discussed. To see the full story, click here.

Full article link: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/good-posture-body-parts-neck-head-spine-arms-shoulders/

Bustle: The 5 Best Body Pillows for Back Pain

From Bustle:

The 5 Best Body Pillows for Back Pain

best-body-pillows-for-back-pain-karena-wu-best-pt-nycBustle reached out to NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu for her input on body pillows. Sleep is an extremely important part of your day. It helps with recovery and repair of your system and it is crucial to get enough quality hours to allow your body to heal. How you sleep is a question that is asked during a proper physical therapy evaluation, especially when a patient comments on symptoms during the night or having more pain first thing in the morning. A body pillow can help reduce pain by properly positioning the body for prolonged periods of time as you sleep. To see the story, click here.

Full article link: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-5-best-body-pillows-for-back-pain-19423987

Beauty Heaven: Can You Really Spot Target Fat Loss?

beauty-heaven-press-fat-loss-celebrity-pt-nycFrom Beauty Heaven:

Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu works with professional athletes and the busy professional. In season, professional beach volleyball players are working in their bikinis and board shorts. The regular layperson wears appropriately appealing and sometimes revealing clothing when the weather turns warm. Both are always aware of their aesthetic appeal as well as their general fitness. As a healthcare provider and fitness enthusiast, Dr. Wu addresses return to function but also aesthetic appeal. This article discusses fat loss, the beauty side of working out. Dr. Wu discusses what you can do to spot target fat loss. To see the article, click here.

full article link: https://www.beautyheaven.co.nz/body-health/fitness/can-you-really-spot-target-fat-loss

5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing, with Dr. Karena Wu and Dr. William Seeds

From Medium.com:

dr-karena-wu-best-physical-therapist-nyc-2020International Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was asked to participate in this interview by Dr. William Seeds of Medium.com and Authority Magazine. Health and wellness are integral parts of your life expectancy and when you are participant to rehabilitation. As physical therapists, there are other components in your care other than just the physical. Dr. Wu speaks of her journey through her career and of the lessons she learned. To read Dr. Wu’s whole story, click here.

Full Article Link: https://medium.com/@drseeds/2311b5f78097

5 Ways To Beat Post-Thanksgiving Bloat While Traveling

5 ways to beat post-Thanksgiving bloat while traveling

International Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu gets picked up by The Points Guy!

As an international traveler for her India clinic and her international clients, this renowned physical therapist speaks first hand on her multiple travels. Traveling is getting busier and busier with less flights from all businesses cutting costs. One of the biggest travel days: Thanksgiving in America, which means giving thanks and enjoying the fruits of life… which also means enjoying to excess. Prolonged positioning in any form and especially during travel can lead to certain health issues and to avoid these holiday travel issues, Dr. Wu comments on how to make the best of a crowded up in the air situation. To read her story, click here.

Full article link: https://thepointsguy.com/guide/post-thanksgiving-airport-healthy-activities/

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