Shannon Burrows, PT, MSc.

Shannon Burrows, PT, MSc.

Shannon Burrows, PT, MSc.

Back and Neck Pain, General Orthopedics, Headache Treatment, Incontinence Treatment, Pelvic Health, Sports Medicine, Temporomandibular Disorders

Clinic: Maple Grove

Education: 2003 Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. 2001 Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.

Joined Saunders: 2020

Shannon Burrows, PT, MSc.

Shannon obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2001. She then went on to complete her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2003. Following her graduation she relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she enjoyed a successful Physical Therapy career focusing on providing outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine care.

She relocated to the Twin Cities with her husband in 2008. In addition to treating traditional orthopedic conditions, she also gained extensive experience helping patients with chronic conditions and persistent pain. 

In her free time she enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, exercising at her health club, doing yoga, and playing co-ed ice hockey.

 

Physical Therapy for Incontinence

Do you have difficulty with control of your bladder when you cough or sneeze? Does walking or running cause your bladder to leak? Do you feel you can barely make it to the bathroom on time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Up to 20 million individuals struggle with incontinence. Incontinence is not a disease nor is it part of the normal aging process; rather is simply a symptom of an underlying condition. The good news is many people are helped through non-surgical conservative interventions.

People develop incontinence for many reasons including: pregnancy, menopause, prostate problems, and surgery. Incontinence may also be associated with many medical conditions including diabetes, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.

Common Types of Incontinence Include:

  • Stress Incontinence: When a small amount of urine is released with activities such as coughing, sneezing, walking or running.
  • Urge Incontinence: Urine is released because the urge to urinate comes suddenly and it is not possible to reach the bathroom in time.
  • Mixed Incontinence: A combination of urge and stress incontinence.
  • Fecal Incontinence: Poor rectal sensation or control resulting in loss of stool.

 

What can physical therapy do for you?

Saunders Therapy Centers offers specialty physical therapy to help people of all genders with incontinence. Our program incorporates simple, effective exercises which strengthen and restore balance to the neuromuscular system that supports the pelvic and/or prostate organs. In addition to exercise, biofeedback is sometimes used to help teach you the correct way to exercise the muscles of continence. This multi-faceted approach, along with behavior modification, typically yields significant improvement in 3-8 weeks for 80% of those seeking treatment, depending on severity. Our goal is to help you within 3-6 visits.

PT for Women’s Pelvic Health

Are you struggling with a leaky bladder, bloating, painful intercourse, or other pain in the abdomen or pelvis? Many people don’t realize that physical therapy treatment is an option. The pelvic floor has many muscles and tendons, and is an integral part of the musculoskeletal system. It provides vital support to your organs, back and hips. Too often, issues here go unrecognized during a traditional pelvic exam. Pelvic floor physical therapy involves a specialized evaluation that assesses the presence of internal muscle spasms, trigger points, or weakness. Pelvic floor treatment often achieves a major improvement in quality of life. At Saunders Therapy Centers, we have women’s pelvic health physical therapists who can help.

A variety of pelvic health issues for women are treated at Saunders Therapy Centers including:

  • Pain during and after pregnancy
  • Post-partum pain and dysfunction
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Urinary incontinence, urgency or frequency
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Low and mid- back pain
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Sciatica (leg pain)
  • Pain with penetration or intercourse
  • Painful scars or adhesions
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Prolapse
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Vestibulitis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Pain from endometriosis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sexual health

 

PT for Men’s Pelvic Health

Have you had prostate surgery or find incontinence or pelvic pain affecting your sexual health, physical or mental health, or ability to work effectively? Many people don’t realize that physical therapy treatment is an option. Pelvic floor disorders are common in men and too often go unrecognized during the evaluation of pelvic pain syndromes. Proper evaluation facilitates the diagnosis of spasm or trigger points, and physical therapy often achieves a major improvement in quality of life. At Saunders Therapy Centers, we have specially trained men’s pelvic health physical therapists who can help.

A variety of men’s health issues are treated at Saunders Therapy Centers including:

  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
  • Painful Scars or adhesions
  • Pain Pre- and Post Prostate surgery
  • Pain with Intercourse
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Voiding Dysfunctions
  • Sacroiliac (SI) pain
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Abdominal/groin/hip pain
  • Incontinence / Bladder problems
  • Incontinence/ Bowel problems
  • Prostatitis
  • Sexual health 
  • CPPS (Chronic pelvic pain syndrome)

 

Pelvic Pain Conditions Treated

Painful Conditions Related to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction:

  • Low back and mid back pain
  • Sacroiliac (SI) pain
  • Pain with penetration or intercourse
  • Painful scars or adhesions
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Prolapse
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Vestibulitis
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Pain during and after pregnancy
  • Pain from endometriosis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sexual health concerns
  • CPPS (Chronic pelvic pain syndrome)
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction

 

Beth Riesterer, PT, DPT

Beth Riesterer DPT Saunders Therapy Centers

Beth Riester DPT Saunders Therapy Centers

Beth Riesterer, PT, DPT

Industrial Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Orthopedic and Sports

Clinic: Bloomington

Education: 1993 Kinesiology:Exercise and Movement Science; 2001 MS in Physical Therapy from University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2013 Doctor of Physical Therapy from Saint Scholastica

Joined Saunders: 2019

Beth Riesterer, PT, DPT

Beth obtained her bachelors’ degree in Kinesiology: Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998.  She received her master of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 and her doctor of physical therapy degree at Saint Scholastica in 2013.

Prior to joining Saunders, Beth’s background includes working in orthopedics, chronic pain, and acute care.   She believes in empowering her patients to take an active role in the healing process.

In her free time, Beth enjoys traveling, running, yoga, and is an avid fan following the Wisconsin Badgers. 

 

Ethan Capers, PT, DPT

Ethan Capers DPT Saunders Therapy Centers

Ethan Capers DPT Saunders Therapy Centers

Ethan Capers, PT, DPT

Industrial Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Orthopedic and Sports, Running Program,

Clinic: St. Paul

Education: 2019 Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Minnesota

Joined Saunders: 2019

Ethan Capers, PT, DPT

Ethan has a varied background in martial arts, professional music, executive protection, and exercise and fitness. He is passionate about industrial rehabilitation, particularly working with tactical athletes (military, law enforcement, EMS/Fire) and has worked extensively with them in his other careers. 

He holds certifications in Sports Medicine Suspension Training through TRX and Battling ropes. His background in Kinesiology and martial arts experience provides a strong basis for detailed movement analysis. He is an avid runner and functional athlete with a passion for health promotion.

Ethan supports a holistic approach to rehabilitation and is both honored and excited to be a part of the team here to serve at Saunders.

 

Cole Burns, OTR/L

Cole Burns OTR/L Saunders Therapy Centers

Cole Burns OTR/L Saunders Therapy Centers

Cole Burns, OTR/L

Industrial Rehabilitation

Clinic: Bloomington

Education: MS Occupational Therapy, University of New Mexico

Joined Saunders: 2019

Cole Burns, OTR/L

Cole received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in 2015. He then attained a Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of New Mexico in 2018.

Before working at Saunders, Cole had work experience in kitchens and restaurants, construction, writing tutoring, dispatching, customer service, and more. He has lived in multiple cities and has played music across the country as a touring musician. Cole’s life experiences bring a deep level of knowledge and empathy to his industrial rehabilitation and functional capacity evaluation clients.

 Outside of work Cole loves to spend time with his family, create and listen to music and podcasts, ski, snowboard, and play various competitive games and sports.

 

Saunders Running Program

Running Injuries and Physical Therapy

Is pain limiting your daily or weekend runs around the lake? Are you a marathon runner who has suffered from several injuries? We have a team of running specialists who can get you on the road to recovery after an injury, assist in injury prevention, and enhance overall performance. As a weekend runner or marathon runner, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your musculoskeletal injury, shoe selection, biomechanical assessment, and foot posture.

  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation: An evaluation of your posture, muscle imbalances including tightness or overactivity, biomechanical assessment, and a foot analysis to determine structure and mechanical faults. All of these components  an assessment of possible etiological factors to your acute or chronic injury.

  • Footwear Analysis: We analyze your specific running shoe and provide recommendations, educate you regarding shoe “health” and types, and orthotic recommendations

  • Running Gait Video Analysis: We will use video assessment while you run on a treadmill to evaluate your biomechanics and identify muscular imbalances. This way you too can visualize movement faults and understand the basis of your treatment.

  • Treatment: Whether you suffer from plantar fascitis, shin splints, or hip/back pain with running, we incorporate the above assessment with specific treatment techniques to help return you to pain free running. 

Treating the injured runner requires a multi-modal approach, and may include manual therapy, or joint and soft tissue mobilization. This helps improve flexibility, promote healing, and increase efficiency with movement patterns. You can also expect to engage in sport-specific core stabilization training to decrease the mechanical load on the lower extremities and improve balance and proprioception. A home exercise program will be assigned to improve muscular flexibility, strengthen, address balance, and facilitate good muscle memory for return to running.

Running evaluation services are offered in our Maple Grove and Saint Paul clinics.

Orthopedic Treatment Philosophy

Saunders’ Orthopedic Treatment Philosophy

  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation: We will evaluate muscle strength, imbalances, flexibility, posture, and specific functional tests to analyze biomechanics and movement patterns. From there we work to establish an individualized plan of care to address the findings.
  • Manual therapy: Joint and soft tissue mobilization helps to improve the flexibility and stability, promote healing, decrease muscle spasm.
  • Exercise: Very targeted exercises to restore strength, stability, mobility and balance are prescribed. We won’t waste your time with lengthy exercise “protocols”. Instead, we hone in on the most important activities specific to your condition.
  • Modalities: We use modalities like ultrasound, e-stim, heat and cold sparingly – our philosophy is more likely to be geared toward hands-on manual care and exercise.
  • Education: One of the most important features of our care is education to prevent reinjury. Often, simple changes in posture or lifestyle can make a big difference.