ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M71.531

Other bursitis, not elsewhere classified, right wrist

Diagnosis Code M71.531

ICD-10: M71.531
Short Description: Other bursitis, not elsewhere classified, right wrist
Long Description: Other bursitis, not elsewhere classified, right wrist
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M71.531

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
    • Other soft tissue disorders (M70-M79)
      • Other bursopathies (M71)

Information for Patients


A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and other moving parts, such as muscles, tendons, or skin. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed. People get bursitis by overusing a joint. It can also be caused by an injury. It usually occurs at the knee or elbow. Kneeling or leaning your elbows on a hard surface for a long time can make bursitis start. Doing the same kinds of movements every day or putting stress on joints increases your risk.

Symptoms of bursitis include pain and swelling. Your doctor will diagnose bursitis with a physical exam and tests such as x-rays and MRIs. He or she may also take fluid from the swollen area to be sure the problem isn't an infection.

Treatment of bursitis includes rest, pain medicines, or ice. If there is no improvement, your doctor may inject a drug into the area around the swollen bursa. If the joint still does not improve after 6 to 12 months, you may need surgery to repair damage and relieve pressure on the bursa.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Bursitis
  • Bursitis of the heel
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis? - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

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Wrist Injuries and Disorders

Your wrist is made up of eight small bones known as carpals. They support a tube that runs through your wrist. That tube, called the carpal tunnel, has tendons and a nerve inside. It is covered by a ligament, which holds it in place.

Wrist pain is common. Repetitive motion can damage your wrist. Everyday activities like typing, racquet sports or sewing can cause pain, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist pain with bruising and swelling can be a sign of injury. The signs of a possible fracture include misshapen joints and inability to move your wrist. Some wrist fractures are a result of osteoporosis.

Other common causes of pain are

  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Gout and pseudogout

  • Colles wrist fracture - aftercare
  • De Quervain tendinitis
  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Wrist pain
  • Wrist sprain - aftercare

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