As a physical therapist, Danielle Knippenberg is trained to treat an injured knee, an aching back or any part of the musculoskeletal system.
But with the high number of patients seeking her uncommon skills in pelvic care, she is able to focus on her specialty niche at Core 3 physical therapy, while her husband and co-founder of the business, Caleb Knippenberg, tends to the orthopedic aspects of physical therapy, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.
The couple opened the first Core 3 location in Hatfield three years ago, and, in response to a growing demand for specialized treatment in the area of pelvic health for women and men alike, expanded to a branch in the Sycamore Hill Medical Center, 325 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton, this month.
Preceded by a string of glowing online testimonials amassed since launching the Hatfield facility, which is still going strong with Caleb Knippenberg at the helm, the privately owned outpatient clinic seemed destined for an East Norriton presence.
“The urologic and gynecologic patients had been coming to Hatfield, but it’s about half an hour an hour distance for our patients to travel, so we decided since there was space available in this building that we would expand. East Norriton has a rich medical community and we had been working with the other practices here,” explained Danielle Knippenberg, whose expertise embraces pre- and postpartum issues, generalized pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, voiding dysfunctions and incontinence.
The name Core 3 refers to the three physiological elements of core concentration — abdominal, back and pelvic.
“Now we really have a specialty niche because most physical therapists are not trained in this area. We wanted to make physical therapy a different experience than what people have experienced before,” noted Knippenberg, who, as a new mom, observed the lack of resources for new mothers in caring for and lifting their newborns, proper positioning of mother and child, as well as addressing the mother’s pain and dysfunctions before and after giving birth. This prompted her to pursue her pelvic rehabilitation practitioner certification (PRPC) in 2016 and her women’s health specialty degree (WCS) in 2017.
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