Nonsurgical Resolution of a Bucket Handle Meniscal Tear: A Case Report

PM R. 2016 Nov;8(11):1115-1118. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.05.011. Epub 2016 Jun 6.


A bucket handle meniscal tear (BHMT) often causes intermittent locking of the affected knee as the displaced fragment flips into the intercondylar notch. Surgical correction is usually required. Rare spontaneous healing of BHMTs has been described, primarily in young patients. This case report describes a 43-year-old man with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed medial BHMT who received 3 treatments of platelet-rich plasma injections in and around the meniscus within 7 months after the diagnosis of the tear. The patient reported resolution of pain with walking 8 months after the injury. Magnetic resonance imaging 10 months after the injury and arthroscopy 47 months after the injury showed complete resolution of the meniscal tear.

Level of evidence: V.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries*