Home » Categories » ICD-9-CM Coding

Back Pain with Muscle Spasm


When a patient is given a diagnosis of back pain with muscle spasm should the muscle spasm also be coded? If so, would you code it as 728.85 Spasm of Muscle or 724.8 Other symptoms referable to back?


It would appear that both the back pain and muscle spasm could be coded.  If the diagnosis is listed as back pain with muscle spasm, the muscle spasm would also be in the back.  724.8 would be reported for a muscle spasm of the back.

Disclaimer: All articles intended for general consumption only and not as a recommendation for a specific situation. Readers should consult an official source (AHA, AMA, etc.) or a qualified attorney for specific legal guidance.
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Localized Sepsis
Viewed 2849 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
Abdominal Pain Versus Pelvic Pain
Viewed 4202 times since Thu, Mar 31, 2011
Knee Fracture
Viewed 3138 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
Viewed 3395 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
Coding Signs and Symptoms vs. Imaging Results
Viewed 2372 times since Tue, Nov 16, 2010
Radiation Therapy Documentation
Viewed 967 times since Thu, Jun 9, 2011
Cesarean Section
Viewed 3288 times since Tue, May 24, 2011
Viewed 2160 times since Thu, May 26, 2011
Extrinsic Asthma
Viewed 1709 times since Wed, Nov 17, 2010
Depth of Debridement
Viewed 2938 times since Thu, Apr 28, 2011
Quorum Health Resources, LLC :: 105 Continental Place Brentwood, TN 37027 :: Phone: (615) 371-4506