Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based on your answers, some of the most likely causes of your shoulder pain are
a muscle strain or other shoulder injury
A torn tendon (rotator cuff tear) is also possible, especially if there was recent trauma.
Frozen shoulder, a condition in which motion in the shoulder is severely limited in all directions, may complicate any of these conditions if pain lasts long enough and if you restrict your motion as a response. Shoulder arthritis is less likely.
Over-the-counter pain medicines, rest and ice may be helpful, but if symptoms persist, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms.