Comprehensive Care for the Lower Back, Pelvis & Pelvic Floor

Sullivan Physical Therapy
Sullivan Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor problems can lead to a host of other issues for men and women. Dr. Kimberlee Sullivan of Sullivan Physical Therapy came by to inform us about this diagnosis and how to treat it. Sullivan Physical Therapy is located on Hymeadow Drive. For more information visit

Women’s and Men’s Health Physical Therapy
Common Diagnoses:

  • Bladder – Frequency, urgency, straining, incomplete emptying, incontinence, pain (Interstitial Cystitis)
  • Bowel – Frequency, urgency, constipation, incontinence, pain (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Pain with sitting, intercourse, vaginal examination, tampon insertion

Common Treatment:

  • Manual Therapy: Massage, myofascial release, trigger point to abdomen, low back, legs and pelvic floor muscles
  • Therapeutic Exercise: Exercises to strengthen or stabilize the pelvis, exercise to relax sore or tight muscles and exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles such as kegels
  • Modalities: Biofeedback, electrical stimulation or ultrasound

Duration of Treatment: 1 to 2 visits a week for 6 to 8 weeks
In the State of Texas a physician prescription is required to receive physical therapy treatment.

Bladder Statistics

  • Of the 25 million adult Americans suffering from some form of urinary incontinence, 75-80% of those are women.
  • Stress urinary incontinence, the most prevalent form of incontinence among women, affects an estimated 15 million adult women in the U.S.
  • One in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 44, approximately 24% of women experience incontinence.
  • For women over age 60, approximately 23% deal with incontinence.
  • On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problem(s).
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are major reasons of the increased prevalence of incontinence in women as compared to men.

Bowel Statistics

  • In the United States fecal incontinence affects 1.4% of the general population over 40 years old.
  • 4.4 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with constipation which is approximately 1 in 61.
  • Constipation usually affects women, children, and adults age 65 and over. Pregnant women also complain of constipation, and it is a common problem following childbirth or surgery.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States.
  • About 2 /3 Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers are female. About 1 in 3 Irritable bowel Syndrome sufferers are male.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects people of all ages, even children. Most persons with IBS are under the age of 50..
  • 25% of people diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome reported loss of bowel control.

Pain Statistics

  • 1/5 women and 1/6 men have pelvic pain.
  • 15 million women in the United States have vaginal pain.
  • 20 million people in the United States have interstitial cystitis or a form of painful bladder syndrome.
  • Researchers estimate that 12-20% of women have chronic pelvic pain; up to 33% of women will have pelvic pain during their lifetime. Unfortunately, 61% of women with chronic pelvic pain remain undiagnosed.
  • Ten percent of visits to gynecologists are for diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain.
  • Twenty-five percent of women affected by chronic pelvic pain are bed ridden for close to three days a month.
  • Almost 60% of women with chronic pelvic pain must limit their usual activity one or more days a month.

Kegel Statistics

  • 40% of people who perform kegels perform the exercise incorrectly
  • 25% of people who perform kegels perform them in a way that would actually promote incontinence.
  • When done correctly kegels are 80% effective for addressing incontinence.

Sullivan Physical Therapy
Sullivan Physical Therapy specializes in women’s and men’s health. Women’s and Men’s Health physical therapy is defined as diagnoses and treatments which address impairments of the low back, pelvis and pelvic floor. The goal of Sullivan Physical Therapy is to provide comprehensive care that encompasses strategies and interventions to promote and advance the health in women and men of all ages. Sullivan Physical Therapy has nine physical therapists who have received their doctorate in physical therapy and advance training to treat the pelvic floor. Sullivan Physical Therapy is sensitive care for sensitive diagnoses. We provide high quality and personalized health care to each patient and their family. Their approach is gentle and respectful.

Sullivan Physical Therapy is located in Northwest Austin
12411 Hymeadow Drive Building 3 Suite 3B, Austin, Texas 78750
Phone: (512) 335-9300
Twitter: @SPTClinic




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