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    Default Mid back pain

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    a patient is having xrays of the thoracic and lumbar spine
    the dx is midback pain and low back pain

    can I use 724.1 for the midback pain or 724.5?
    also if it says upper back pain do you use 724.5?

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Carmel, New York


    Just my opinion here, but I go conservative here - since 724.1 is specific to the SPINE and your dx states mid BACK pain, I would go with 724.5 because the back pain may not originate in the spine - may be muscular or of some other origin.

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    Apr 2007
    Columbus GA


    I agree with the 724.5

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    Yes it is 724.5..

    Nalini CPC

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    thanks everyone just wasnt sure which way to go but that makes sense now.

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