Pain from a problem with the rotator cuff is often called shoulder impingement. The condition causes swelling, pain, or damage to the tendons of the rotator cuff. … You may find it painful and difficult to lift your arm away from your body, particularly if you’re trying to lift your arm above your head.
Pain in your shoulder can have many causes. You might injure it in a fall or accident, or you could have overdone a chore like painting. Sometimes shoulder pain comes from a condition like arthritis. It can even stem from problems in other parts of your body, which is called referred pain.
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