Kat Burns

Kathleen Burns, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy
  • Certified Breathing Behavioral Analyst

Kathleen (Kat) graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2014 and graduated with a B.S. in Clinical Health Studies, also from Ithaca College in 2012. She is an orthopedic certified specialist, a certified orthopaedic manual therapist, and a certified breathing behavioral analyst. She is currently in the North American Institute of Manual Physical Therapy (NAIOMT) fellowship program and works as a certified mentor. Though Kat treats all parts of the body, she particularly enjoys treating scoliosis and using biofeedback for breathing dysfunction.

Kat enjoys anything outdoors. She is a graduate of Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Kat also has experience with horseback riding, especially hunter/jumper and dressage. She is a certified yoga instructor and primarily does vinyasa flow. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but is happy to now call Eugene home.

Blog Posts written by Kathleen Burns

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Should I get customized shoes if I have a difference in leg length ?

Leg length differences can be difficult to fully appreciate. Some people have a "true" leg length difference which means that one of their bones (femur or tibia) is just shorter than the other. Other people have a "functional" leg length difference meaning it's from their pelvis or back like if they have scoliosis. Their legs are the same length, but one looks shorter because their spine is curved.

What stretches should I do to be able to touch my toes without pain?

When I try to touch my toes, I experience pain in the back of my knee. I'm told that this is the tendon in the knee and I should not be trying to stretch it. No matter how I try to stretch it (bent knees, back straight, bend at the hip, etc) I just get pain in my knees.

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Help with selecting the most powerful and reliable TENS Unit?

I live in a remote area without access to Physical Therapy. Would you be so kind as to help me select the most powerful and reliable TENS Unit?

What are some the best bone building exercises you can do?

Most standing exercises are very effective as well, especially squats and lunges. The most important thing is to listen to your body and not to push into pain. It is normal to feel muscle soreness or fatigue, but you should never feel sharp or intense pain with exercise.

Will physical therapy help my range of motion for posterior and side actions restored?

I have had shoulder pain for 10 months now but improved somewhat. Recent MRI shows high grade, articular sided tear of the supraspinatus involving greater than 60% of cross sectional thickness. Small partial thickness tear of subscapularis. Bursitis, tendinosis, etc.