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What is a Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear

What Is a Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear?

The meniscus is a kind of cartilage located in the knee joint. There are two menisci in each knee: lateral meniscus on the outer side and medial meniscus on the inner side. The meniscus plays an important role in force distribution across the joint. In addition, it can cushion and protect knee cartilage.

A bucket handle meniscus tear happens on the outer part of the meniscus cartilage. It typically leads to a vertical slice. The attachments of the meniscus stay unchanged, while the torn part might pull into the middle of the joint. [1]