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.

NYC Marathon

The NYC marathon is just over a month away. Runners have started their taper in their running program to be able to participate in the marathon without injury. Marathon running requires physical skill as well as mental skill as you have to prepare the body and mind for this amount of physical impact.

Running is the highest impact cardiovascular sport and can be highly compressive on your joints. There is a period of double float where nothing is in contact with the ground. Upon landing and push-off, the energy requirements on your tissues to cushion your landing and propel you forward are tremendous.

Common running injuries are plantar fasciosis, iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome and piriformis syndrome. They mainly occur in the lower body as running is a repetitive motion of the legs. To prevent running injuries, the muscles need to be strong and flexible around the joints. This helps reduce the compression in the joints and allows for range of motion for your stride. Endurance is also a crucial component as running is a repetitive exercise that can cause repetitive stresses on the body. Rehabilitation focuses on isolated muscle strength, kinetic chain alignment, stability and eccentric exercises to absorb load. We emphasize core stability as the powerhouse for the body to increase limb strength and good control of motion.

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