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 Recognize and Treat a Pulled Hamstring

The hamstrings comprise of three muscles, the Biceps Femoris, Semitendinosus, & Semimembranosus. It is a common injury for athletes, but can happen to the average person during daily physical activities. A pulled hamstring is a painful experience, but often people don’t recognize the injury as serious and fail to get timely treatment. That’s when a physical therapist can help can help an individual recover properly and quicker.

Many people take a wait-and-see approach, which can turn a few weeks of recovery time into a several months.  A pulled hamstring injury is a condition where physical therapy helps the sooner you get in.  Recovery from a hamstring strain can be anywhere from 2-3 weeks to 4-6 months. Untreated, it is more likely to be in the 4-6 month range. Treat a Pulled Hamstring

Micro tears versus Macro Tears

Exercises cause micro-tears in the muscle that heal and help the muscle gain strength. Sometimes, though, a large tear (macro-tear) happens and this injury that requires rehabilitation from a physical therapist to speed healing.

Treatment for a Pulled Hamstring

To treat a hamstring strain, the first step is reducing pain and inflammation. Most physical therapists recommend the PRICE principle (protect, rest, ice, compress and elevate). If the pain persists beyond the PRICE treatment, rehabilitation may be required to help the pulled hamstring recover. Additionally, during the initial treatment strenuous physical activities, such as exercising and sports play should be put on hold until a patient’s condition is resolved.

When you seek physical therapy for a pulled hamstring, a physical therapist will conduct an initial evaluation to assess the injury. They will use ultrasound results, electrical stimulation, ice or heat therapy and massage. This will help soft tissue mobilization to reduce pain, swelling, scar tissue and inflammation.

Pulled Hamstring RehabilitationTreat a Pulled Hamstring

Once a patient’s muscle is minimally painful or inflamed, they can start rehabilitation exercises to include light range-of-motion exercises, as well as strengthening exercises.

An advanced exercise would be the Romanian Dead Lift. This is hamstring strengthening exercises is very effective because you are doing an eccentric exercise that is controlled and lengthening, a sort of contraction.

Be proactive: Visit physical therapist right away to limit recovery time and to avoid further damage of a pulled hamstring. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best physical therapist in NYC.

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