Shoulder pain is common and can have various causes.
Shoulder pain is the 3rd most common MSK related problem that people see their GP for. This means many of us will experience shoulder pain as a normal part of life. This can however, be very painful, leaving you feeling frustrated, worried and significantly impacting your day-to-day life.
The good news is that it is rarely anything serious and will get better with time. The following information is designed to help you understand and manage your shoulder pain, getting you back to normal life as soon as possible.
Symptoms to check
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Get advice from 111 now if:
- the pain is sudden or very bad
- you cannot move your arm
- your arm or shoulder has changed shape or is badly swollen
- you have pins and needles that do not go away
- your arm or shoulder is hot or cold to touch
- the pain is severe and started after an injury or accident, like a fall
- hurts when you exercise but goes away when your rest
- you are experiencing chest pain/tightness with your shoulder pain
111 will tell you what to do. They can tell you the right place to get help if you need to see someone.