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    Sometimes things just pop into my head...Would you consider decreased shoulder range of motion the same as shoulder stiffness? I associate stiffness with joint lesions, arthritis, etc which would cause decreased ROM but stiffness is not specifically mentioned in the note and ROM is. Any suggestions? (besides therapy for me)
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC

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    no, but only because there is a designated diagnosis code for it. See 719.51

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    That's what I thought, then I started thinking and over-thought it I guess...
    Thanks Mary!
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC

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