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.

Putting an End to Low Back Pain

If you’re suffering from lower back pain, you’re in good company. At some point in time, almost everyone on the planet experiences back pain severe enough to interfere with work or daily activities. Back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the U.S., as well as a leading cause of missing work. We spend more than $50 billion every year on treatment of low back pain and after headaches, it’s our most common neurological complaint.

Physcial therapist for low back pain nyc 01What causes back pain? As we age, we lose bone strength as well as muscle elasticity and tone, and our spinal discs become hardened and provide less cushioning for our vertebrae. It’s easier to sprain or strain the muscles and ligaments in our back through improper lifting, over exertion or even just poor posture.

Poor or non-existent exercise regimens over time may cause muscle imbalances between our abdominal and back muscles, destabilizing our core and leading to poor posture and misalignment of the spine. Misaligned vertebrae can cause spinal discs to rupture or bulge, putting pressure on one of more than 50 nerve roots in our spinal cord, causing intense pain and even tingling and numbness in our extremities.

Exercise for Cure and Prevention

For most types of lower back pain, exercise is the number one way to speed recovery and help strengthen back and abdominal muscles. Your physical therapist can provide a list of gentle exercises to help keep your muscles moving and thereby hasten the healing process. Pilates-based core-centric rehabilitation exercises also help to improve coordination, improve posture and muscle balance, while yoga is an excellent way to gently stretch back muscles and ease pain.

For disc problems, spinal manipulation performed by a chiropractor using leverage and gentle, hands-on adjustment is effective to realign spinal vertebrae, reducing pressure on nerve roots to ease pain and restore mobility. Many people with chronic back pain regularly see a chiropractor for these adjustments.

Recurring back pain is often preventable by maintaining and building core muscle strength and stability through regular exercise. Your physical therapist can show you exercises that you can do at home to help you to develop a strong, healthy core that will support your spine for better back health, as well as develop and maintain flexibility and correct posture.

Physcial therapist for low back pain nyc 03Postural re-education programs are available for those with chronically poor posture. Although these programs primarily focus on people with “forward head posture,” another widespread problem that leads to development of a pronounced hunch in many elderly persons, the training is nonetheless useful for correcting all sorts of posture problems.

Many holistic exercise programs, such as Pilates and yoga provide well balanced total body workouts that concentrate on posture, strength, flexibility, balance and alignment, and are superb for helping to maintain a strong, flexible physique. When was the last time you saw a yogi with poor posture?

When in Doubt, Ask for Help

Finally, practicing proper lifting techniques (lift with your legs, not your back!) and getting assistance rather than attempting to lift something that is too heavy or awkward to manage alone is critical to avoiding back strain and spinal misalignment. As was mentioned earlier, back injuries are the number one cause of work-related disability, among men and women of all ages.

Physcial therapist for low back pain nyc 02It’s important to keep in mind that as we age our muscles lose elasticity and are more prone to sprain and strain. Respect your body and respect your limitations. Your physical therapist knows better than anyone; it only takes a few minutes to get some help, but it may take months or even years to get over a back injury!

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