But sometimes the problem in your shoulder could be part of a wider, long-term condition such as, osteoarthritis or polymyalgia rheumatica.
It’s fairly common for people with rheumatoid arthritis to have pain and swelling in their shoulders.
Osteoarthritis is less likely to affect your shoulders than other joints, unless you’ve injured them in the past.
There are several other possible causes of shoulder pain, such as:
It’s also possible the pain you’re feeling in your shoulder is coming from a problem in another part of your body, such as your neck.
Problems in your neck can make your shoulder blade or upper outer arm painful. When this happens it’s known as referred pain or radiated pain. If you’re feeling a tingling sensation in your hand or arm, as well as pain in your shoulder, it’s likely to be from a problem in your neck.