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.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Whiplash

Whiplash is the layman’s term for cervical strain/sprain injuries to the neck, usually caused by a car accident. The injury occurs when the head snaps forward and back very quickly, resulting in overstretching, or tears, in the muscle or ligament. Physical Therapy can help in recovery immediately after the injury as well as in the long term, if it takes you awhile to acknowledge this minor but serious injury.Best Physical Therapist PT for Whiplash 01

If you come to Physical Therapy immediately post injury, it will significantly help to reduce the pain and inflammation of the swollen and inflamed soft tissues. Many of the modalities used in Physical Therapy assist in regulation of pain, along with reducing spasm and swelling and inflammation.

If you let it heal on your own, you’ll probably find that the neck will be stiff and uncomfortable. It also might affect the shoulder. Oftentimes, if the injury is bad enough and you’ve waited long enough, you will finally acknowledge the fact that you will need Physical Therapy now to correct a lot of compensatory and adaptive mechanics in the neck and shoulder.

The problem is that sometimes patients don’t know to come in for treatment for this injury. Physical therapists often see a whiplash injury after a few weeks, when the patient realizes that the pain has not gone away.

Best Physical Therapist PT for Whiplash 02Physical Therapy treatments would include range of motion or flexibility exercises as well as manual therapy techniques. Two stretching exercises are upper trapezius stretching and levator scapula stretching. Manual therapies would include joint mobilizations to the cervical spine to restore joint mobility and reduce stiffness in the surrounding soft tissue.

If you come for physical therapy treatment immediately after a whiplash injury, your prognosis is excellent. Because people come in later, or don’t realize that it’s a real injury, patients can often have persistent pain and longer recovery. Always consult a Physical Therapist after a whiplash injury to ensure your best chances for recovery.

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