Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based upon your answers, your shoulder pain is most likely due to tendonitis, muscle strain or a sprain; and it may improve on its own over time.
To decrease pain, rest the shoulder and avoid those activities that seem to aggravate the pain. An "air splint" or brace may be helpful. Over-the-counter pain medications, topical treatments (such as IcyHot or BenGay), or the application of ice may also provide some relief.
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.