E/M Coding, Documentation, and EMR Tips | Join Webinar & Earn 1 AAPC CEU Register Now Only a Few Days Left!
Orthopedic Coding Alert

Reader Questions: Try 726.4 for This Overuse Injury

- Published on Tue, May 20, 2008
Question: What ICD-9 code should I report for intersection syndrome of the wrist? Michigan Subscriber Answer: Your best option is 726.4 (Enthesopathy of wrist and carpus). Here's why: One of many other terms for intersection syndrome is abductor pollicis longus bursitis, and ICD-9 includes wrist bursitis under 726.4. Other terms you may see for this overuse syndrome include peritendinitis crepitans, crossover tendinitis, squeaker's wrist, or oarsman's wrist. The condition typically develops where the wrist's first dorsal compartment muscles cross the second dorsal compartment muscles.

Get 14-Day Fully-Functional Free Trial of Physician Coder

Get access to all your specialty alerts and archived articles along with some comprehensive tools including:
  • Code Search for CPT®, HCPCS, ICD-9 and ICD-10
  • CCI Edits Checker
  • Part B Fees, MUEs
  • CPT-ICD-9 CrossRef
  • CPT® ↔ ICD-9 ↔ ICD-10 CM Crosswalk
  • LCD/NCD Lookup
  • CMS 1500 Claims Scrubber
  • NDC ↔ CPT/HCPCS CrossReference
First Name: *
Last Name: *
User Name: *
E-mail: *
Phone: *
Choose Speciality*
Please enter the characters shown in box*