ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 715.20

Loc 2nd osteoarth-unspec

Diagnosis Code 715.20

ICD-9: 715.20
Short Description: Loc 2nd osteoarth-unspec
Long Description: Osteoarthrosis, localized, secondary, site unspecified
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 715.20

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
    • Arthropathies and related disorders (710-719)
      • 715 Osteoarthrosis and allied disorders

Information for Patients


Also called: Degenerative joint disease, OA, Osteoarthrosis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes pain, swelling, and reduced motion in your joints. It can occur in any joint, but usually it affects your hands, knees, hips or spine.

Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When you lose cartilage, your bones rub together. Over time, this rubbing can permanently damage the joint.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include

  • Being overweight
  • Getting older
  • Injuring a joint

No single test can diagnose osteoarthritis. Most doctors use several methods, including medical history, a physical exam, x-rays, or lab tests.

Treatments include exercise, medicines, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Osteoarthritis
  • What Is Osteoarthritis? - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

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