Sara Sauder PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist with Urology Austin. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2010, but began practicing with her Master in Physical Therapy in 2007. Sara Sauder specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction and teaches and mentors pelvic floor physical therapists throughout the country.
Sara co-owns Alcove Education, a continuing education company that teaches how to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. She also co-instructs two courses: Vestibulodynia: A Pelvic Floor and Orthopedic Approach, and How to Treat a Man in Pain: Part 1. Additionally, she is a chapter co-author to the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health’s (ISSWSH) newest medical textbook and has most recently published an opinion piece in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
In November 2018, Sara co-authored an article in the journal
Sexual Medicine Review titled “The Role of Physical Therapy in Sexual Health in Men and Women: Evaluation and Treatment”. The abstract to this article follows:
The Role of Physical Therapy in Sexual Health in Men and Women:
Evaluation and Treatment
Amy Stein, PT, MPT, DPT, BCB-PMD, IF,1 Sara K. Sauder, PT DPT,2 and Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS3
Introduction: Many conditions of pelvic and sexual dysfunction can be addressed successfully through pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) through various manual therapy techniques, neuromuscular reeducation, and behavioral modifications. The field of pelvic rehabilitation, including sexual health, continues to advance to modify these techniques according to a biopsychosocial model.
Aim: To provide an update on peer-reviewed literature on the role of PFPT in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic and sexual dysfunctions in men and women owing to the overactive and the underactive pelvic floor.
Methods: A literature review to provide an update on the advances of a neuromusculoskeletal approach to PFPT evaluation and treatment.
Main Outcome Measure: The use and advancement of PFPT methods can help in successfully treating pelvic and sexual disorders.
Results: PFPT for pelvic muscle overactivity and underactivity has been proven to be a successful option for pelvic and sexual dysfunction. Understanding the role of the organs, nerves, fascia, and musculoskeletal system in the abdomino-pelvic and lumbo-sacro-hip region and how pelvic floor physical therapists can effectively evaluate and treat pelvic and sexual health. It is important for the treating practitioner to know when to refer to PFPT.
Conclusion: Neuromusculoskeletal causes of pelvic floor disorders affect a substantial proportion of men, women, and children and PFPT is a successful and non-invasive option. Pelvic floor examination by healthcare practitioners is essential in identifying when to refer to PFPT. Use of a biopsychosocial model is important for the overall well-being of each patient. Further research is needed.
Stein A, Sauder SK, Reale J. The role of physical therapy in sexual health in men and women: Evaluation and treatment. Sex Med Rev 2018;XX:XXXeXXX. Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of the International Society for Sexual Medicine.
Included on this page by permission of co-author Sara Sauder.
Sara is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Section of Women’s Health (SOWH), the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD) and the National Vulvodynia Association (NVA).
Sara collaborated on the chapter,
Musculoskeletal Management of Pelvic and Sexual Pain Disorders in the recently released “Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction Diagnosis and Treatment”. This textbook was created by the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.
Urology Austin offers physical therapy and rehabilitation services for symptoms of:
Urinary Leakage with coughing, sneezing, and laughing (
Urinary Frequency Urinary Urgency (
urge incontinence) Constipation
Pressure in Pelvis
Poor or Painful Orgasms
Low Back Pain
Pre or Postpartum Discomfort
Pre and Post Operative Rehabilitation
Sara is currently seeing physical therapy patients at the
Round Rock #1, South #2, and Austin Central locations. Contact one of these three offices to schedule an appointment with Sara.