Everyone has first vehicle learned to ride is bicycle. It is a affordable and an eco-friendly transportation. It also improves our physical and mental health, but cycle riders may suffer injuries and pain. Cycling injuries are treated by orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, sports medicine specialists and chiropractors. Medical coding company can help these specialists in ICD-10 coding of cycling injuries on their reimbursement claims.
Most cycling injuries are due to poor bike maintenance, over speed, improper riding techniques or posture, which are preventable. Traumatic injuries are common in athletic bicycling. To avoid injuries, the riders should be aware of bicycle safety tips and traffic rules.
Common bicycle injuries and its ICD-10 codes are here in below:
1. Muscle Cramps:
Bicycle riders stress on quad muscles to ride a bike which may cause intense pain in the leg muscles due to muscle fatigue, dehydration and low electrolyte levels.
M62.83 - Muscle spasm
M62.831 - Muscle spasm of calf
M62.838 - Other muscle spasm
M62.89 - Other specified disorders of muscle
M62.9 - Disorder of muscle, unspecified
2. Lower Back Pain:
Back pain is a most common injury in cycling. Long-time cycling in same posture affect lower back muscles, causing low back pain. Too high saddles add stress to your hips, which also cause lower back pain.
M54.5 - Low back pain
3. Knee Pain:
Knee pain is very common with bicycle riders. Improper posture is the most common cause for cycling knee pain. Knee pain is related to patellofemoral pain syndrome or runner’s knee, the pain under and around the kneecap. Main symptoms are crackling noises and sensations in the knee joint.
M22.3X1 - Other derangements of patella right knee
M22.3X2 - Other derangements of patella left knee
M22.3X9 - Other derangements of patella unspecified knee
4. Achilles Tendonitis:
Cycling may causes Achilles tendonitis, an injury of the Achilles tendon. If untreated, it leads to tear of tendons. Treatment include rest, physiotherapy or even surgical intervention.
M76.6 - Achilles tendinitis
M76.60 - Achilles tendinitis, unspecified leg
M76.61 - Achilles tendinitis, right leg
M76.62 - Achilles tendinitis, left leg
5. Head Injury and Concussion
In bicycle accidents, head injury is major cause of permanent disabilities and death. Concussion caused by severe head trauma is also a very common injury which may happen in a fall or whiplash. Head injuries can be prevented by wearing bike helmets.
S06.0 - Concussion
S06.0X - Concussion
S06.0X0 - Concussion without loss of consciousness
S06.0X1 - Concussion with loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or less
S06.0X9 - Concussion with loss of consciousness of unspecified
S09.8 - Other specified injuries of head
S09.8XXA -Other specified injuries of head initial encounter
S09.8XXD - Other specified injuries of head subsequent encounter
S09.8XXS - Other specified injuries of head sequela
S09.9 - Unspecified injury of face and head
S09.90 - Unspecified injury of head
6. Shoulder Injuries
Bike crashes may cause shoulder injuries like clavicle fracture, shoulder separation or acromio-clavicular (AC) joint injury and rotator cuff tears. Clavicle fracture. While minor cuff tears treated with physiotherapy, major tears and fractures require surgery.
S42.0 - Fracture of clavicle
S42.00 - Fracture of unspecified part of clavicle
S42.001 - Fracture of unspecified part of right clavicle
S42.002 - Fracture of unspecified part of left clavicle
S42.009 - Fracture of unspecified part of unspecified clavicle
S42.01 - Fracture of sternal end of clavicle
S42.011 - Anterior displaced fracture of sternal end of right clavicle
S42.012 - Anterior displaced fracture of sternal end of left clavicle
S42.013 - Anterior displaced fracture of sternal end of unspecified
S42.014 - Posterior displaced fracture of sternal end of right clavicle
S42.015 - Posterior displaced fracture of sternal end of left clavicle
S42.016 - Posterior displaced fracture of sternal end of unspecified
S43.42 - Sprain of rotator cuff capsule
S43.421 - Sprain of right rotator cuff capsule
S43.422 - Sprain of left rotator cuff capsule
S43.429 - Sprain of unspecified rotator cuff capsule
7. Ulnar Neuropathy
Also known as hand numbness or handlebar palsy, caused by stress condition due to pressure on the ulnar nerve by pressing on the handlebars continuously for long periods. Rest or anti-inflammatory medications are suggested for this condition.
G56.2 Lesion of ulnar nerve
G56.20- Lesion of ulnar nerveunspecified upper limb
G56.21 - Lesion of ulnar nerveright upper limb
G56.22 - Lesion of ulnar nerve left upper limb
G56.23 - Lesion of ulnar nerve bilateral upper limbs
8. Pudendal Neuropathy
Pudendal neuropathy, also known as bicycle seat neuropathy is also a very common cycling injury. Sitting in the saddle too long leads to chronic pelvic pain. Main symptom is numbness or impotence after cycling.
G58 - Other mononeuropathies
G58.0 - Intercostal neuropathy
G58.7 - Mononeuritis multiplex
G58.8 - Other specified mononeuropathies
G58.9 - Mononeuropathy, unspecified
Documentation and reporting injuries require proper attention, as any error in coding results in claim delays and denials. Physicians can rely on experienced and professional medical billing and coding company for claim submission on time with perfect medical codes.
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