ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M12.53

Traumatic arthropathy, wrist

Diagnosis Code M12.53

ICD-10: M12.53
Short Description: Traumatic arthropathy, wrist
Long Description: Traumatic arthropathy, wrist
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M12.53

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The code M12.53 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

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
References found for the code M12.53 in the Index to Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


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 (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • De Quervain tendinitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Wrist arthroscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Wrist pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Wrist sprain - aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

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