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.

How to Avoid Winter Injuries

This winter is said to be the coldest yet, which means icier roads, blurrier vision and even less stable steps. To avoid injuries in the soon-to-be tundra, Physical Therapist Karena Wu, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy, highly recommends practicing these five specific walking tips and five specific stretches:

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Tips to Avoid Winter Injuries

1. Mind the Sidewalks:

As much fun as it is to run in the new snow, we have to remember the uneven sidewalks, metal grates and curbs, large and small. Take shorter strides and maintain flat foot contact (vs. heel to toe walking, like marching) so that you have more surface area in contact.

2. Slow it Down:

Slowing it down when walking, especially as the temperatures go below freezing and things ice over.

3. Bend Your Knees:

Keep your knees bent as you trudge through the snow, this athletic stance will allow your body to reflexively react if you suddenly lose balance.

4. Keeps Your Hands to Yourself:

If you fall on icy or snowy streets, try not to reach an arm out. A fall on an outstretched arm could cause injuries to the wrist, elbow and shoulder. In the moment, your thoughts might be going awry, but if you’re going to fall, try your best to land on your forearms.

5. Tighten the Core:

Holding those abs in while walking increases balance, powers the limbs and stabilizes the spine.

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Stretches to Avoid Winter Injuries

1. Monster Walks:

Walking like Frankenstein to stretch the hamstring.

2. Leg swings:

Swing your legs forward and back, then side to side for complete leg stretches.

3. Scorpion:

Lie face down and twist the lower body to the left and right to stretch the lower back and hips.

4. Arm hugs:

Swing your arms out from side to side, then come in to hug yourself, for a total arm muscle stretch.

5. Inchworm/Handwalks:

Position your body in the downward dog pose (both hands and feet on the ground, all limbs extended) and walk your feet to your hands for a more intense hamstring stretch.

For more information on how to avoid injuries this winter, visit www.activecarephysicaltherapy.com or call us at (212) 777-4374.

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