ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 840.4

Sprain rotator cuff

Diagnosis Code 840.4

ICD-9: 840.4
Short Description: Sprain rotator cuff
Long Description: Rotator cuff (capsule) sprain
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 840.4

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning
    • Sprains and strains of joints and adjacent muscles (840-848)
      • 840 Sprains and strains of shoulder and upper arm

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 840.4 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Your rotator cuff is located in your shoulder area. It is made of muscles and tendons. It helps your shoulder to move and stay stable. Problems with the rotator cuff are common. They include tendinitis, bursitis, and injuries such as tears.

Rotator cuff tendons can become inflamed from frequent use or aging. Sometimes they are injured from a fall on an outstretched hand. Sports or jobs with repeated overhead motion can also damage the rotator cuff. Aging causes tendons to wear down, which can lead to a tear.

Some tears are not painful, but others can be very painful. Treatment for a torn rotator cuff depends on age, health, how severe the injury is, and how long you've had the torn rotator cuff.

Treatment for torn rotator cuff includes:

  • Rest
  • Heat or cold to the sore area
  • Medicines that reduce pain and swelling
  • Electrical stimulation of muscles and nerves
  • Ultrasound
  • Cortisone injection
  • Surgery

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease

  • Rotator cuff - self-care
  • Rotator cuff exercises
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement

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Sprains and Strains

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect bones at a joint. Falling, twisting, or getting hit can all cause a sprain. Ankle and wrist sprains are common. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and being unable to move your joint. You might feel a pop or tear when the injury happens.

A strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Tendons are tissues that connect muscle to bone. Twisting or pulling these tissues can cause a strain. Strains can happen suddenly or develop over time. Back and hamstring muscle strains are common. Many people get strains playing sports. Symptoms include pain, muscle spasms, swelling, and trouble moving the muscle.

At first, treatment of both sprains and strains usually involves resting the injured area, icing it, wearing a bandage or device that compresses the area, and medicines. Later treatment might include exercise and physical therapy.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Ankle sprain - aftercare
  • Elbow sprain -- aftercare
  • Foot sprain - aftercare
  • Hamstring strain - aftercare
  • Hip flexor strain -- aftercare
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendon repair
  • Wrist sprain - aftercare

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