Peter Parker splendidly appeared in Spiderman 2 saying "I'm back", then immediately falling down on a car and moaning "Oh my back".

If you have ever got a backache, you are not alone. Back pain is a very common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point of their lives.

Low back pain, backache, lumbago or lumbar pain is a common disorder involving the muscles and bones of the back. Low back pain is often abbreviated as LBP.

Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. The clinical definition of back pain is:
A backache (back pain) is a disorder characterized by marked discomfort sensation in the back region.

Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months. It can be an acute or chronic pain located in the posterior regions of the thorax, lumbosacral region, or the adjacent regions

724.5 ICD-9 & 10 Back Pain/Backache Codes

Most back pain leaves all alone, however, it might take a little while. Assuming control over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can offer assistance. Be that as it may, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can aggravate it.

In the event that your back pain is serious or doesn't enhance following three days, you ought to call your medicinal services supplier. You ought to likewise get therapeutic consideration in the event that you have back pain taking after a damage.

Treatment for back pain relies on upon what sort of pain you have, and what is bringing about it. It might incorporate hot or cool packs, exercise, pharmaceuticals, infusions, reciprocal medicines, and in some cases surgery.

724.5 ICD-9 & 10 Back Pain/Backache Codes

ICD-9CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions. ICD-9CM 724.5 for backpain is one of the thousands of ICD-9 codes used in healthcare documentation.

724.5 ICD-9 Back Pain/Backache NOS

ICD-9CM 724.5 code for back pain is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.

For general ICD 9 code for back pain, one always code for 724.5 and for ICD 10 the code is M54.9 which states a backache unspecified. Since the back pain doesn't specify whether it occurs in the lumbar or thoracic region we tend to code unspecified code for back pain to be on safer side. Also most of the times we have to code only according to the documentation, hence mostly we go with 724.5.
  • 724.5 Back Pain, Lumbosacral, Chronic
  • 724.5 Back Pain, Left
  • 724.5 Back Pain, Upper
  • 724.5 Back Pain, Chronic, Intermittent
  • 724.5 Back Pain, Right
  • 724.5 Back Pain, Acute
  • 724.5 Back Pain, Chronic
Now while coding some charts some physician mention upper back pain or middle back pain or lower back pain. So while coding the charts with such symptoms in the beginning of the chart leads to same unspecified code, but while coding most of taking the site-specific pain of the vertebral column.

For upper or middle back pain we mostly code 724.1, thoracic pain, since the middle vertebral column generally consists of thoracic spines. For lower back pain or lumbago it always leads to 724.2 for the lumbar spine pain, since the lower part of the vertebral column is mainly of lumbar spines.

However, 724.5 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10CM code.

ICD 10 Code for Back Pain/Backache

ICD-9CM code 724.5 coversion to ICD-10 code for back pain maps to the fullowing:
  • M54.9 Dorsalgia, unspecified
  • M54.89 Other dorsalgia
  • M54.17 Radiculopathy, lumbosacral region
  • M54.16 Radiculopathy, lumbar region
  • M54.15 Radiculopathy, thoracolumbar region
  • M54.14 Radiculopathy, thoracic region
  • M54.13 Radiculopathy, cervicothoracic region
  • M54.12 Radiculopathy, cervical region
Let's summarize the ICD-9 & 10 Codes for back pain:
  • 724.5 back pain only (Converts to M54.9 ICD-10 Code)
  • 724.1 Upper/Middle back pain (Converts to M54.6 ICD-10 Code)
  • 724.2 Lower back pain or lumbago (Converts to M54.5 ICD-10 Code)

Lower Back Pain ICD-9 & 10 Codes

Above ICD-9 & 10 codes for back pain covers the fullowing:
  • Back pain for less than 3 months
  • Back pain without radiculopathy
  • Backache for less than 3 months
  • Backache without radiculopathy
  • Chronic back pain for greater than 3 months duration
  • Dorsalgia (upper back pain)
  • Thoracic back pain
  • Upper back pain

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