Daytime or nighttime shoulder pain may be relieved with ice application, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines and rehabilitation therapy. The aim of treatment is to relieve pain and restore normal shoulder function, says FamilyDoctor.org.
Over-the-counter medicines that help relieve shoulder pain include Aleve, Advil and Motrin. Sometimes an anti-inflammatory steroid injection is used to treat shoulder pain, according to FamilyDoctor.org. Rehabilitation exercises help improve range of motion, strengthen the rotator cuff and strengthen the upper extremities. These exercises help individuals avoid complications that may result from a rotator cuff injury, which is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain.
Another common cause is subacromial bursa soreness. The subacromial bursa is a fluid-filled sac under the highest part of the shoulder, explains FamilyDoctor.org.