How often is rotator cuff tear found even when MRI is clear?

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MRI basically showed light/mild case of bursitis so nothing more at this point except rest. My question is, I know I have a bone spur on the acromion and that is part of the problem, but if this doesn't resolve by August, the Dr said to remove the bursa. How often when they go in to look around, do they find things not found on the MRI? Rarely?

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    On my shoulder they did X rays and only saw a bone spur.. Then an MRI showed bone spur and some arthritis.. When they went in, the shaved the bone spur and found a rotator cuff tear and the arthritis was worse than they thought. The shaved the spur, reattached the rotator cuff and trimmed the cartilage.
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    Same here, mri showed bone spur, slight tear, but it was completely torn and my other muscle (name escapes me) was torn. I had a lot more work than I expected.
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    Hi, I also have an MRI which shows a shoulder impingement and bone spur.  I am scheduled for arthroscopic procedure in June.  I am feeling like more will be discovered as the bone spur is sitting directly on the rotator cuff.
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      Thank you. I hope this helps. I am not sure how thick or where the bone spur sits. With the resting, it is slightly better on some days. I have 6 more weeks to go before I can go back unless it gets a lot worse.
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