Your health care provider will perform a physical examination, including a detailed examination of the shoulder, and ask questions such as:
- Does the pain affect one or both shoulders?
- Does your pain travel from the shoulder to other joints?
- Where in your shoulder do you feel the pain? The front, side, or top?
- Does the pain occur when you lift your arm overhead or away from your body?
- Did your pain start suddenly? Is it severe? Or, did it begin slowly and mildly and then get worse?
Diagnostic tests that may be performed vary depending on the results of your physical examination. Treatment may include the following:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- A corticosteroid injection
- Referral to a physical therapist and instructions on rehabilitation