Dr. Jennifer Perna

A physical therapist for active moms and soon-to-be moms

Jenn Perna is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) who specializes in pelvic health for pregnant and postpartum moms. She works at Activcore in Princeton, New Jersey, located just 2 miles from Princeton University.

Jenn's extensive clinical background and education make her uniquely qualified to handle more complex conditions like pelvic floor dysfunction, including bowel, bladder and sexual health problems. She holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Juniata College, as well as a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, ranked among the top 30 physical therapy schools in the country. She also has advanced post-graduate training in pelvic health, including internal pelvic examinations, through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Jenn goes beyond the pelvic floor and looks at the whole body to help you recover from pain and injury, and safely return to a fulfilling life of sport, activity and wellness. She possesses a rare combination of highly developed skill sets in both orthopedics and pelvic health that make her exceptionally equipped to treat you from head to toe. In fact, she is among less than 10% of all physical therapists who have earned the prestigious OCS designation as an orthopedic clinical specialist. Additionally, she is recognized nationally as a leading authority in the application of Redcord, a suspension exercise system designed to help you develop a smarter, balanced body through the power of neuromuscular activation.

Jenn grew up being involved in swimming in high school. A lifelong interest in health and wellness led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. She remains active today by running and participating in barre, Pilates and yoga. She particularly enjoys working with active populations, specifically assisting them with their recovery from injury and transitioning them to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

After having her first child, Jenn was struggling with low back and hip pain which began hindering her ability to reach her personal goals of an active lifestyle. During her second pregnancy, her back and pelvic pain progressed. She began to become frustrated when being told that her back and pelvic pain was “par for the course” and was offered little guidance regarding management of symptoms. At a six week checkup, women are often cleared to resume normal activities, without any guidance on how to do so. Often times, women have pressure to return to their pre-baby self. Even with a PT background, Jenn felt apprehensive and unsure about the safest way to return to her pre-baby active lifestyle. At that point, Jenn recognized a serious need in the healthcare system, and is what drove her to a pelvic health specialization.

Unfortunately, pain can continue or be exacerbated in the postpartum period. Often times women think that it is normal to leak urine, whether after pregnancy or not. As healthcare providers, optimal pelvic health it is paramount for a new mom’s physical and mental well being. This can help curtail future pelvic and orthopedic issues from arising, or help manage issues that one may be having. Jenn is passionate about helping women, particularly while pregnant or postpartum, achieve their goals of a pain-free and active lifestyle.

 

Credentials

PT (Physical Therapist)

DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) Board Certified

Pelvic Health Specialist

 

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