Physical discomfort of the shoulder, including the joint itself or the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the joint.
Pain that can come from the shoulder joint or from muscles or tissues around the joint.
For minor pain, rest the shoulder and try not to use the shoulder in ways that make it hurt. Place an ice pack on the shoulder for 15 to 20 minutes a few times a day. Take pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve).
Seek medical care right away if the painful shoulder:
Make an appointment to see a health care professional if the painful shoulder: