Bucket Handle Meniscus Tears:
What You Need to Know
Written by: Jamie Swickard
Medically reviewed by: Dr. Jeff Gittins
What Is a Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear?
A bucket handle meniscus tear is a subtype of meniscus tear named for its resemblance to the handle on a bucket. The tear separates the outer and inner circumference of the meniscus. In these tears, the meniscus will generally fold over on itself within the knee joint, while the outer portion of the meniscus remains attached to the outer tibial plateau.
Bucket handle meniscus tears can present with ACL tears as well due to the mechanism of action of the injury. In most cases with a torn meniscus, medial meniscus tears occur more often than lateral meniscus tears.