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.

Knee Injury Rehabilitation: My Secrets for Healthy Knee Therapy

A lot of people believe there’s no getting over knee problems, whether it’s something kneechronic, like arthritis, or a true injury, like a meniscus tear. But recently, I’ve come to disagree.

Here’s my physical therapy secret of the day- it’s the whole leg! (I wanna say “stupid” but…) When treating a knee I have a four pronged approach that works so well, that many times the knees heals more quickly and is even- occasionally- stronger than it was pre-injury.

The first PT prong is Pilates. My go-to therapy, Pilates, helps stabilize and strengthen the

karenapilatesknee itself, and includes the hip and ankle musculature in the kinetic chain. Pilates also engages muscle groups further away from the knee, in the lower back and abdominal regions, which helps increase the knee’s, (and the whole leg’s) mobility.

For the second prong, I go with a more hands-on approach. I use manual therapy, (a

physiotherapy-baytreeclinccombination of soft tissue and joint mobilization), to help the knee get its full range of motion back.

It’s important to work on both the joint and the tissue, really digging in- to increase lymph and blood flow- to get the knee to loosen up and heal.

The third prong, in my PT knee rehabilitation arsenal, is made up of closed kinetic chain exercises, where the foot is fixed. This type of functional exercise

kneestepupstepstretchtherapy is what really stabilizes and strengthens the entire leg, taking some of that weight away from the knee, and distributing it to the hip and ankle.

Then the knee is able to slowly strengthen and get back to doing its job. Closed kinetic chain exercises work by mimicking everyday knee activities, like bending and kneeling, so that when the knee actually has to do those things it’s much easier and far less painful.

And lastly, I work on the core, which as the center of our body is responsible for every core-diagramthing else that radiates off of it. I get a lot of weird looks when a client comes in for knee rehab, and I have him or her doing abdominal work, but it’s crucial.

A strong core reduces compressive forces in the knee joint and allows the knee to build more muscle strength than just doing isolated work around the knee.

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Best Physical Therapist NYC
Karena Wu, PT, MS
ActiveCare Physical Therapy
12 W 37th Street
New York, NY 10018


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