A GP may be able to advise you about simple shoulder exercises you can do.
Physiotherapists can also diagnose shoulder impingement and suggest exercises to help improve shoulder posture and further strengthen your muscles to improve your pain and range of movement.
You may need to do these exercises with a physiotherapist at first, but after a while you'll usually be able to continue doing them at home.
Go back to a GP or physiotherapist if the exercises make your pain worse or your pain does not improve after a few weeks.
Steroid injections into your shoulder can help relieve pain if rest and exercises on their own do not help.
But it's still important to do your shoulder exercises, as injections usually only have an effect for a few weeks and your pain may come back if you stop the exercises.
While the injection can be repeated if needed, having more than 2 is not usually recommended because it might damage the tendon in your shoulder in the long term.
The injections can also have side effects, such as permanent dimpling or lightening of the skin where the injection is given.
An operation called a subacromial decompression may be an option if other treatments have not worked, although there's some uncertainty about how much it helps.
The operation involves widening the space around the rotator cuff tendon so it does not rub or catch on anything nearby.
The operation is usually done using small surgical instruments passed through small cuts in your shoulder.
This is a type of keyhole surgery known as arthroscopy.
It's usually done under general anaesthetic, where you're asleep.
Most people can go home the same day or the day after surgery and are able to use their shoulder normally again after a few weeks.