Dr. Jason Goncalves


Physical Therapist

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Redcord Suspension PT
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) golf practitioner
  • Outstanding Clinical Excellence Award, Rutgers University
  • Outstanding Academic Excellence Award, Rutgers University

Dr. Jason Goncalves is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in sports injury rehabilitation, orthopedics and complex pain syndromes. He is a leading authority in suspension based physical therapy (Redcord) and a TPI certified golf practitioner who helps athletes overcome pain and movement limitations, both on and off the green. He primarily works at Activcore in Bernardsville, New Jersey. He also work at Activcore in Princeton, New Jersey.

Jason grew up in Central New Jersey. He earned his Doctorate degree from Rutgers University where he was awarded highest honors for outstanding academic and clinical excellence.

After graduation, Jason was determined to find a physical therapy environment that gave his clients the time and attention he always knew they deserved. He joined Activcore in 2015 and hasn't looked back.

My Reviews

Dr. Jason Goncalves has in no small part given me my mobility and life back. Jason’s treatment and exercises have minimized my pain and enabled me to be more active again. The Activcore program teaches you to engage muscles that aren’t working as hard so you’re more balanced and areas that are in pain can get some relief. I would highly recommend him to anyone with chronic low back pain!

Marni F.

My physical therapy treatments with Dr. Jason Goncalves have produced fantastic results in getting me to heal from a major low back herniated disc bout that almost ended up in surgery. The unique Activcore method of doing exercises while suspended by ropes and slings under a constant supervision and direction by Dr. Jason was key in achieving this success. For the first time in my 50+ years I am finally using and strengthening my core muscles in a consistent and correct way thanks to this method which by its design “ activates the core”. Dr. Jason is extremely knowledgeable in assessing which exercises are needed and how to get the patient to do them correctly and effectively in their home exercise program. He takes a holistic approach in getting the entire muscular system working the way it is supposed to work. Once that balance is accomplished and maintained all the nagging aches and pains dissipate or disappear. This goal is achievable thanks to Dr. Jason’s expertise and his truly caring approach to getting his patients moving and functioning fully and without pain, avoiding the need for surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Jason Goncalves and Activcore!

Tatjana C.

Activcore Physical Therapy has worked wonders for me. Working with Dr. Jason Goncalves just once or twice a week has drastically improved my performance in sports and in the weight room. Originally I came to Activcore trying to help relieve stress on my lower back and knee which made it almost impossible for me to squat with any weight. After about a month, I was back to squatting almost my previous max. And now, about 3 months later, my body is as good as it was while at my physical peak in college athletics!

Tyler B.

Dr. Jason is great! So kind and knowledgeable. I am very impressed with the Activcore system. I saw nice improvement in my range of motion and had less pain in my shoulders after only a few sessions.

Gayle D.

Dr. Jason and the Activcore Physical Therapy approach are awesome. I have worked with many physical therapists over the years and this has been my best experience. My back pain is gone and I feel so much more balanced.

Carlos A.

The Activcore physical therapy and performance experience is second to none! As a college baseball coach who needed to return to the field after a back injury, it took only 4 pain-free sessions with Dr. Jason Goncalves until I was back to work with no limitations. The combination of Jason’s assessment of my weaknesses and his effective use of Redcord is how I believe the quick and lasting results came. Really unbelievable. Thank you!

John B.

Fabulous! Dr. Jason Goncalves is outstanding. He knows his stuff and he's super understanding. When u need stretching or just PT... ONLY go to Jason. I will go to him forever if I can. He's the best PT I ever had!

Stephanie H.

Dr. Jason Goncalves was by far the most knowledgeable PT that I have ever worked with. He treated me for a severe lower back issue and the results were incredible. Each session was an hour in length and you get complete 1x1 attention. I don’t believe you will find anyone as dedicated to their craft as Jason. He not only seeks to get you back feeling healthy again, but he gives you a plan to prevent similar injuries in the future. I’ve referred other people to him and they’ve been equally as happy. I highly recommend reaching out to him. He is extremely honest and if there’s an injury that he doesn’t believe he can help with, he’ll gladly refer you elsewhere.

John B.

I had a great experience working with Dr. Jason Goncalves. Jason is very knowledgeable and friendly. He helped me recover from knee surgery and back pain with the Activcore method. I’ve experienced other injuries and this is the quickest I’ve recovered with PT. Highly recommend!

Steven G.

Strongly recommend Activcore! After 6 months of chronic back and lower body pain (and without much success with other treatments), I turned to Jason's Redcord suspension system. Under his expertise, Redcord makes it so much easier to isolate muscles and improve strength step by step. I had significant relief quickly and kept seeing improvements in the following weeks. Dr. Jason Goncalves developed a plan for at home work, which combines with what only Redcord can do in his office. Personalized treatment plan, one-on-one with a PT pro, and the unique Redcord suspension system ... plus a great playlist ... five stars!


Highly recommend! We tried Dr. Jason Goncalves at Activcore based on the fantastic reviews - all true! My teen daughter was in so much physical pain and the Redcord treatment worked incredibly well for her. Few things we loved: Jason is very personable & highly knowledgeable, since he was the only therapist, it felt like a very personalized treatment, and he sent exercise instructions after every appointment for my daughter to keep up with. She made fantastic progress in a short amount of time. Thank you so much!

Linda A.

I had an old cycling accident injury that was reactivated after my 2nd COVID vaccination that manifested as a specific pattern of recurrent adhesions. When I described the pattern and symptoms to Dr. Jason Goncalves, I told him that there was an underlying structural instability that was the fundamental problem and muscles were not the problem but were involved. I was surprised to hear he thought he could help resolve this because I've tried traditional PT for years and it didn't help. It wasn't easy at first, every possible pain that I experienced in the past came back in full force initially. It turned out that reliving the trauma albeit with strategies like Redcord, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Dead Sea salt baths and stretching to correct muscle imbalances, balance the compensatory activities and support the muscles helped break the pattern I was stuck in. I'm back to enjoying running, cycling and strength training. Great learning opportunity! Thanks so much!!

Viriginia Y.

Jason Goncalves is a phenomenal physical therapist. Redcord is a different type of approach that works quite well. I could barely walk or get in and out of a car and within six weeks was back in full capacity at the gym.

Marc Plawker, MD

I had a great experience with Jason and Activcore to rehab my right leg and my core after having surgery on my hip a few years ago. Jason is a terrific physical therapist and worked with me for three months as I trained to recover some lost strength and stability after my surgery. I found him to be very professional and an honest person to work with, and am very happy with the progress we made together. After the three months of PT, which uses the Redcord system to unload, stabilize and focus different parts of the body, I felt that I achieved my goal of creating more symmetry between my left and right side. I definitely got stronger without experiencing pain and think that the system actually works. Overall, I had a very good experience and highly recommend working with Jason.

Jason Y.

Activcore is great and Jason is an incredible P.T. and one of the best doctors I’ve been treated by. He made a huge difference for my health and lifestyle. For several years I had been treated by several PTs (didn’t use Redcord) who could not help me with my running injury. I was in constant pain and could not even sleep on my right side. I had given up hope but decided to try Activcore. The redcord suspension system works so well! Jason put in the time and effort to help figure out my issue. He is incredibly kind and even years later he still checks in because he genuinely cares. It’s been several years and I no longer live in constant pain. I will always be so thankful for the amazing treatment I received from Jason!!!

C. Lang

I had leg pain for years from Marathon training. Several of my club friends referred Jason to me as someone who "does miracles". My pain disappeared quickly after the treatment. During the treatment, he also equipped me with a lot of knowledge that enables me to work on my own. Jason is also a very smart and nice person to work with. He makes every session a pleasant one hour experience. I would recommend him to anybody who experiences any sort of body pain.

Ji Q.

I had pretty much given up hope on physical therapy and had an appointment scheduled with a back surgeon. That was until Jason was recommended to me by a friend. After one session I could tell immediately that his approach was different and that it was already working. Now 6 sessions in, I’ve been able to return to my job, return to exercising, and most importantly return to feeling optimistic again. I truly cannot recommend Jason enough and I don’t know where I would be without him.

Samuel V.

I started therapy at Activcore to address my chronic back pain and overall core weakness from my pregnancies. I honestly dragged my feet for a long time and suffered through the pain because the physical therapy I've tried in the past was such a time commitment and progress felt excruciatingly slow for this type of issue. I felt like i would spend 80% of those session working on independent exercises and stretches that I could have just as easily done at home. Figuring out the time to get out of the house with young kids at home is complicated enough that I quickly get frustrated when my time is not used efficiently. I really appreciate that this is one on one therapy and its all things that I can only do because of this support, so I am able to push myself while I'm there, while still progressing with stretches and exercises at home. Plus, Jason is very nice and knowledgeable. I definitely feel like my decision to try something a bit non-traditional was the right decision for me.

Gina S.

My experience at Activcore was excellent.  I worked with Dr. Jason Goncalves starting in November.  When I started therapy I had severe iliotibial band syndrome resulting in a terrible limp. The pain had gotten so bad that it awoke me from sleep.  I purchased over the counter knee orthotics but eventually I developed hip pain and thought it was time to try physical therapy. Therapy involved deep tissue massage, stretching and red cord for strengthening. After the first session the pain was improved and after several sessions was completely gone.  The application with the video exercises for home is very helpful. I will continue therapy so that I can get back to running and increase my overall fitness. Thanks Jason.

Penny S.

I'm someone who's never had high quality movement and never could touch my toes. I also have lower back pain from injuries.  After just a month of working with Jason I was able to not just touch my toes, but my entire quality of life has gotten much better from a movement standpoint. I can run, jump, lift, and most important play with my kid and I owe all of it to Dr. Jason. I look forward to going to the gym now because I'm going to be pain free

Alan V.

Something positive comes out of something negative... I am SO glad I was directed here after having severe knee pain when recovering from an ankle fracture. Jason is extremely knowledgeable (and is even furthering his education) and has been able to provide me exercises to work pretty much my entire body to relieve my knee pain and ankle sensitivity.  He genuinely demonstrates a sincere desire to help me feel better.  It's a true pleasure to have one-on-one therapy, a friendly and knowledgeable therapist, and equipment that you cannot really find anywhere else. HIGHLY recommended for any sort of issue you may be having...

Sarah B.

I came to Activcore after a tough shoulder surgery and other physical therapy wasn't getting me the rehab results I wanted. Since coming here I have seen great results- from not having complete range of motion in my shoulder joint to returning to all physical activity plus confidence and strength in the shoulder. The one-on-one attention makes it so easy to customize my treatment plan for how I am feeling that day. On top of that, Jason is always finding new ways to advance or better the treatment by incorporating a variety of different approaches. I highly recommend Jason for any issues you might have!

Anna L.

After Total Knee Replacement and 3 months of conventional PT I was stuck with poor range of motion and in a great deal of pain. I walked with a limp, had excruciating lower back pain, my knee would no longer straighten, and my bending range was far from optimal. I was not able to walk up and down stairs or do many of my daily activities and I was exhausted from pain and lack of sleep. My expectation of life being significantly better after TKR was shattered. A friend talked to me about trying a different approach to physical therapy with Activcore. At my consultation with Dr. Jason Goncalves I was in pain, frustrated, and discouraged with my recovery. He was patient with me and gave me hope that things would change. I’ve gone from dreading physical therapy to looking forward to it. I started feeling better from day 1 and in just 3 weeks working with Jason I’ve made significant improvement and feel hopeful about reaching my goals of full recovery. He’s helped me straighten my knee, improve my gait drastically, alleviate my back pain, and has been tenacious and creative in helping me to make steady gains with my bending range. With Red Cord Therapy Jason is helping me to strengthen muscles that I hadn’t been using from compensating for so many years. I am always amazed at how much better I can walk, and how energized I feel after a session. I look forward to continued improvement as I work with Jason. I really appreciate Jason’s approach to therapy, his knowledge, pleasant nature, work ethic, persistence, and positive, encouraging outlook.
Thank you Jason!

Jamie L.



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