ICD-10-CM Code M12.5

Traumatic arthropathy

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M12.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of traumatic arthropathy. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M12.5
Short Description:Traumatic arthropathy
Long Description:Traumatic arthropathy

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • M12.50 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified site
  • M12.51 - Traumatic arthropathy, shoulder
  • M12.511 - Traumatic arthropathy, right shoulder
  • M12.512 - Traumatic arthropathy, left shoulder
  • M12.519 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified shoulder
  • M12.52 - Traumatic arthropathy, elbow
  • M12.521 - Traumatic arthropathy, right elbow
  • M12.522 - Traumatic arthropathy, left elbow
  • M12.529 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified elbow
  • M12.53 - Traumatic arthropathy, wrist
  • M12.531 - Traumatic arthropathy, right wrist
  • M12.532 - Traumatic arthropathy, left wrist
  • M12.539 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified wrist
  • M12.54 - Traumatic arthropathy, hand
  • M12.541 - Traumatic arthropathy, right hand
  • M12.542 - Traumatic arthropathy, left hand
  • M12.549 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified hand
  • M12.55 - Traumatic arthropathy, hip
  • M12.551 - Traumatic arthropathy, right hip
  • M12.552 - Traumatic arthropathy, left hip
  • M12.559 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified hip
  • M12.56 - Traumatic arthropathy, knee
  • M12.561 - Traumatic arthropathy, right knee
  • M12.562 - Traumatic arthropathy, left knee
  • M12.569 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified knee
  • M12.57 - Traumatic arthropathy, ankle and foot
  • M12.571 - Traumatic arthropathy, right ankle and foot
  • M12.572 - Traumatic arthropathy, left ankle and foot
  • M12.579 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified ankle and foot
  • M12.58 - Traumatic arthropathy, other specified site
  • M12.59 - Traumatic arthropathy, multiple sites

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code M12.5:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • current injury-see Alphabetic Index
  • post-traumatic osteoarthritis of first carpometacarpal joint M18.2 M18.3
  • post-traumatic osteoarthritis of hip M16.4 M16.5
  • post-traumatic osteoarthritis of knee M17.2 M17.3
  • post-traumatic osteoarthritis NOS M19.1
  • post-traumatic osteoarthritis of other single joints M19.1

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Inflammatory polyarthropathies (M05-M14)
      • Other and unspecified arthropathy (M12)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Joint Disorders

A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, elbow, or shoulder. Joints can be damaged by many types of injuries or diseases, including

  • Arthritis - inflammation of a joint. It causes pain, stiffness, and swelling. Over time, the joint can become severely damaged.
  • Bursitis - inflammation of a fluid-filled sac that cushions the joint
  • Dislocations - injuries that force the ends of the bones out of position

Treatment of joint problems depends on the cause. If you have a sports injury, treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. Other possible treatments include pain relievers, keeping the injured area from moving, rehabilitation, and sometimes surgery. For arthritis, injuries, or other diseases, you may need joint replacement surgery to remove the damaged joint and put in a new one.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Wounds and Injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include

  • Animal bites
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Dislocations
  • Electrical injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains

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