Dr Patricia Neumann

Specialist Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

(Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2010)

Plans for 2017

From 2017, Dr Neumann will be practicing at Flex (45 Kensington Road, Norwood).

Please call 8361 3355 to make an appointment.

Fax is 8361 3366.

Dr Patricia Neumann provides a service for men and women with pelvic pain associated with a wide range of problems such as painful intercourse, endometriosis, vulvodynia, pudendal neuralgia, chronic pelvic pain, bladder pain, bowel pain, chronic prostatitis, testicular or penile pain, and persistent genital arousal syndrome. 

She has a particular interest in working with the team at PPSA to help men with chronic pelvic pain, as she is aware how difficult it is for them to find help.


Dr Neumann’s training and experience

Trish developed an interest in pelvic floor problems over 20 years ago and has worked in this specialty area of physiotherapy ever since. She completed a PhD on stress urinary incontinence at UniSA in 2006 and became a Specialist Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist in 2010. Initially her work involved more bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse, but her interest in pelvic pain and a desire to provide better services for people with pelvic pain led her to Pelvic Pain SA in 2012. Trish’s main professional focus is now working with people with pelvic pain within the multi-disciplinary team at PPSA.

She also teaches postgraduate physiotherapy students at UniSA and lectures to physiotherapy and multidisciplinary groups nationally about pelvic pain. She has developed resources for people with pelvic pain: relaxation training, available from this site as an Mp3 download or CD, and courses for men and women on “Understanding Pelvic Pain”, about pain science and how it can help pelvic pain sufferers. These courses are run monthly at Pelvic Pain SA.

She has been invited to speak about pelvic pain nationally at physiotherapy and multidisciplinary conferences and teaches at post-graduate level.


Providing mentoring and clinical teaching

Health professionals, who want to learn about pelvic pain, including pelvic floor physiotherapists and doctors, often visit PPSA. This may involve them sitting in on physiotherapy consults as an observer with Trish. They are present purely as an observer to listen and learn about the management of pelvic pain. However, your comfort is Trish’s highest priority, so you will always have the right to decline having an observer present.

Dr Neumann’s current positions:

  • Consultant at Flex Rehabilitation Clinic, a musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy clinic
  • Consultant and director of physiotherapy services for men undergoing radical prostate surgery at South Terrace Urology
  • Adjunct senior lecturer at the University of South Australia

No doctor’s referral is necessary to see Trish. The first consult is an hour to allow time for a thorough assessment and to discuss a management program. Review appointments are generally 30 minutes, except for country or interstate patients, when an hour will be scheduled. Private health funds with extras cover or a GP Management Plan provide a rebate to cover part of the cost of physiotherapy.

 Explain Pelvic Pain Seminar

We think that understanding as much as possible about pelvic pain is so important that we run a regular public seminar to ‘Explain Pelvic Pain’. We make a complex topic easy to understand and fun. We talk about the way the brain works to cause pain, why it is different –and more challenging- in the pelvis and how nerves and muscles react to cause problems. We also discuss some self-help strategies on the road to recovery. It is suitable for women with pain on most days, vulval pain, painful intercourse, bladder or bowel pain or pelvic pain with exercise.

The seminars are held monthly in the evening from 7.30 pm to 9.00pm at 38 The Parade, Norwood. There is a fee of $30 for attendance and you can bring a partner, a relative or a friend for no extra cost. If you have pelvic pain and want to attend one of these seminars, you can book by ringing 8363 2811.

For an appointment with Patricia Neumann:

Phone: +61 8 8363 2811

View her website at http://www.patricianeumann.com.au




Relaxation CD to help pelvic pain

Dr Patricia Neumann has produced an Mp3 audiophile or CD to help women with pelvic pain practise pelvic floor muscle relaxation regularly at home.

These relaxation techniques are an important part of our management program for pelvic pain. The CD is available for sale through the website http://www.patricianeumann.com.au but it is most helpful when used in conjunction with treatment from an experienced pelvic floor physiotherapist.

Dr Neumann’s publications include:

Neumann P, Fuller A, Sutherland P. Pelvic floor muscle contraction with verbal instructions – do men get it? ANZCJ 2015: 21 (3); 84-88.

Neumann P, Burnett A, Scammell A, Thompson J, Briffa K. Training of Australian health care providers in pessary management for women with pelvic organ prolapse. ANZCJ 2015:21(1); 6-12.

Neumann, P, Grimmer KA, Deenadayalann, Y 2006 Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and adjunctive therapies for stress urinary incontinence in women: a Systematic Review. BMC.Women’s Health 6:11

Neumann P, Grimmer K, Grant R, Gill V. The costs and benefits of physiotherapy as first-line treatment for female stress urinary incontinence. ANZ J Public Health 2005;29:416-421.

Neumann P, Grimmer K, Grant R, Gill V. Physiotherapy for female stress urinary incontinence: a multi-centre observational study. A&NZ J O&G June 2005; 45:226-232.

Neumann P, Grimmer K, Blizzard L, Grant R. The expanded paper towel test; an objective test of urine loss for stress incontinence. N&U 2004; 23:649-655.

Neumann P, Gill V. (2002). Pelvic floor and abdominal muscle interaction: EMG activity and intra-abdominal pressure. Int UGJ 13:125-132.