Diagnosing a patient requires skill and training to identify the condition or conditions they present with. Developing and delivering a plan of care to correct those conditions requires years of training and clinical expertise. Determining the most appropriate diagnosis code to represent your findings to third-party payers and other healthcare providers is the purpose of the ICD system - whether version 9 or 10.
It is important to accurately identify and code a patient's condition. Avoid using non-specific conditions like back pain when back strain is more appropriate. By contrast, it would be inappropriate to code for disk herniation without imaging to confirm the diagnosis.
Test your ICD-10 coding skills with these spinal conditions.
Please select the appropriate ICD-10 codes for the following situations:
- Patient has lower back pain from lumbar spinal stenosis.
- Patient has L4/L5 herniation with right sided sciatica
- T4 and T5 spondylosis with radiculopathy
- Left upper cervical spine pain
- C3 facet degeneration without myleopathy or radiculopathy
- L4/L5 segmental dysfunction
- C4/C5 radiculopathy w/o spondylosis
- Cervical and thoracic stenosis
- Sciatica on the left without back pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
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