Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based upon your answers, shoulder pain is most likely due to tendonitis, muscle strain or a sprain related to an activity that stressed the joint, tendons and/or muscles of the shoulder; it should improve over time.
To decrease pain, rest the shoulder and avoid overuse. Over-the-counter pain medications, topical treatments (such as IcyHot or BenGay), or the application of ice might be helpful.
If symptoms are getting worse or do not improve, consult your physician.
To better understand why your shoulder is hurting, it may be helpful to gather some more information about it.