ICD-10 Code M12.51

Traumatic arthropathy, shoulder

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code
ICD-10:M12.51
Short Description:Traumatic arthropathy, shoulder
Long Description:Traumatic arthropathy, shoulder

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10 M12.51 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, shoulder. The code is NOT valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

  • M12.511 - Traumatic arthropathy, right shoulder
  • M12.512 - Traumatic arthropathy, left shoulder
  • M12.519 - Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified shoulder

Code Classification

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code M12.51 are found in the index:


Information for Patients


Shoulder Injuries and Disorders

Your shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). Your shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. They can also be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain in a stable or normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Because your shoulder can be unstable, it can be easily injured. Common problems include

  • Sprains and strains
  • Dislocations
  • Separations
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Torn rotator cuffs
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis

Health care providers diagnose shoulder problems by using your medical history, a physical exam, and imaging tests.

Often, the first treatment for shoulder problems is RICE. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Other treatments include exercise and medicines to reduce pain and swelling. If those don't work, you may need surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Brachial plexopathy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Broken collarbone - aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Frozen shoulder (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Frozen shoulder - aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Shoulder arthroscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Shoulder CT scan (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Shoulder MRI scan (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Shoulder pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Using your shoulder after surgery (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.