Specific symptoms will vary depending on which common shoulder problem is present, although many of these issues share symptoms.
- Localized pain and inflammation, both at rest and while moving
- Inability to move your shoulder or restricted range of motion
- Visible swelling
- Cracks, pops, and grinding sensations
Patients should never self-diagnose and treat a persistent shoulder problem. To avoid worsening an injury or it not healing correctly, always see a qualified medical professional.
When meeting with a doctor to diagnose shoulder pain and other symptoms, patients should come prepared to fully discuss symptoms, daily activities, and causes or triggers for problems. Physicians should review medical history and ask if any family members have a history of shoulder problems.
Next, he or she will perform a physical examination that includes testing range of motion and identifying sources of pain. Diagnostic imagery, including X-ray, MRI, or CT scan may be required to confirm a specific diagnosis.