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Code: M25.562

Code Name: ICD-10 Code for Pain in left knee

Block: Other joint disorders (M20-M25)

Excludes 2: joints of the spine (M40-M54)

Arthropathies (M00-M25)

Includes: Disorders affecting predominantly peripheral (limb) joints

Details: Pain in left knee

Excludes2: pain in hand (M79.64-)
pain in fingers (M79.64-)
pain in foot (M79.67-)
pain in limb (M79.6-)
pain in toes (M79.67-)

Excludes2: abnormality of gait and mobility (R26.-)
acquired deformities of limb (M20-M21)
calcification of bursa (M71.4-)
calcification of shoulder (joint) (M75.3)
calcification of tendon (M65.2-)
difficulty in walking (R26.2)
temporomandibular joint disorder (M26.6-)

Guidelines: Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00-M99)

Note: Use an external cause code following the code for the musculoskeletal condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the musculoskeletal condition

Excludes 2: arthropathic psoriasis (L40.5-)
certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
compartment syndrome (traumatic) (T79.A-)
complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
neoplasms (C00-D49)
symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)

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I'm looking for guidelines or advice on the best code to pick up for a patient seen following a rollerblading incident. The provider chose "knee pain, 719.46," but I'm curious as to why he didn't choose an injury code.

Subjective: Pt hurt his knee when he tripped and fell while rollerblading. It is very sore, but he can still walk.
Exam: Left knee with bruise and mild swelling. Painful to palpation especially in the medial area.
Assessment/Plan: Knee pain, 719.46 -- contusion and probable light strain vs sprain. Discussed icing and elevating. Note given to excuse from PE. Return if pain worsens or for any other concerns.

How does one decide whether to code an injury or to code the symptoms? I realize the symptoms are not coded when a more definitive diagnosis is given, but here the provider chooses to code for pain, so I'm just confused. (I've been told by coworkers to go with what provider gives as his assessment as well as to realize they don't always give the best choice of codes, so okay to choose more appropriate ones when applicable.)

I'm considering any/combo of these three:
719.46: pain in joint, lower leg
924.11: contusion of knee
959.7: injury of knee

Thank you!


True Blue
Columbia, MO
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Physicians do not always select correct codes so you code according to the note. The note specified contusion so that is what needs to be coded. The pain in knee is inherent to the contusion and is not coded. Had the provider specified the encounter was for pain control and that the pain is acute then you would use the 338 code for acute pain due to trauma in addition to the contusion. For this note however code only the contusion and the external cause code for the fall while rollerblading.