Shoulder Pain Specialist

Collins Physical Therapy Institute

Physical Therapy and Musculoskeletal Injury located in The Commons & North Naples, Naples, FL

Your shoulder is one of the biggest joints in your body, and injury to it can cause severe pain. Gregory Collins, PT, and the team of physical therapists at Collins Physical Therapy Institute specialize in treatments to help relieve a variety of painful shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, and post-surgical complications. Call the office in Naples, Florida, to learn more or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a complex collection of nerves, bones, muscles, tissues, and ligaments. It’s where your scapula (shoulder blade) and humerus (upper arm bone) come together. Some of the important parts of your shoulder are:

  • Rotator cuff: tendons and muscles that encase and support your shoulder’s movements
  • Labrum: a rubbery piece of tissue that keeps your shoulder’s ball joint in place
  • Bursa: a fluid-filled sac that cushions the tendons in the shoulder


If you have an injury or disease to the ball and socket joint or any of the other parts of your shoulder, it can cause mild or severe pain that may be acute or chronic. 


What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder goes through hundreds and hundreds of movements per day. Whether you’re hurting because of overuse or you’ve sustained an injury, you may be having pain for several common reasons, including:  

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fracture
  • Trauma
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Scar tissue
  • Impingement
  • Separated shoulder
  • Tendon rupture


Your physical therapist conducts a thorough exam, runs some tests, and gets some medical imaging, such as an MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, or CAT scan, of your shoulder to determine the cause of your shoulder pain.


What is shoulder impingement?

Though the phrase impingement is not well known, shoulder impingement is a common reason for shoulder pain. It often strikes swimmers and athletes when the rotator cuff snags or rubs against the top of the shoulder, called the acromion.

This particular type of shoulder pain is marked by constant arm pain, arm weakness, burning in your shoulder, and pain that worsens at night.


How is shoulder pain treated?

Depending on the cause of your shoulder pain, your physical therapist writes a custom plan to help alleviate your immediate pain and restore full function. Some of the treatment options you may receive are:

  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Sports medicine therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications
  • Massage therapy
  • Corrective exercises
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Rest


Your treatment plan likely combines one, two, or several of the treatment options to suit your unique needs.

To learn more about how physical therapy can help soothe and remedy shoulder pain, call to make an appointment, or book online.