M24.0 - Loose body in joint

Version 2023
ICD-10:M24.0
Short Description:Loose body in joint
Long Description:Loose body in joint
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other joint disorders (M20-M25)
      • Other specific joint derangements (M24)

M24.0 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of loose body in joint. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Loose body in joint

Non-specific codes like M24.0 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for loose body in joint:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.00 for Loose body in unspecified joint
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M24.01 for Loose body in shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.011 for Loose body in right shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.012 for Loose body in left shoulder
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.019 for Loose body in unspecified shoulder
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M24.02 for Loose body in elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.021 for Loose body in right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.022 for Loose body in left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.029 for Loose body in unspecified elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M24.03 for Loose body in wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.031 for Loose body in right wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.032 for Loose body in left wrist
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.039 for Loose body in unspecified wrist
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M24.04 for Loose body in finger joints
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.041 for Loose body in right finger joint(s)
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.042 for Loose body in left finger joint(s)
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.049 for Loose body in unspecified finger joint(s)
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M24.05 for Loose body in hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.051 for Loose body in right hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.052 for Loose body in left hip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.059 for Loose body in unspecified hip
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M24.07 for Loose body in ankle and toe joints
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.071 for Loose body in right ankle
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.072 for Loose body in left ankle
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.073 for Loose body in unspecified ankle
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.074 for Loose body in right toe joint(s)
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.075 for Loose body in left toe joint(s)
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.076 for Loose body in unspecified toe joints
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M24.08 for Loose body, other site

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
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Patient Education


Joint Disorders

What are joints?

Your joints are places where two or more bones come together. Your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and knuckles are all joints. Your spine has joints, too.

But joints are more than bones. They include the soft tissues around them, such as cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Cartilage is the hard slippery flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at a joint. Tendons are tough, flexible bands that connect your muscles to your bones so you can move your joints. Ligaments connect the bones of the joint to each other to keep them stable when you move.

What are joint disorders?

Joint disorders are diseases or injuries that affect your joints. Injuries can happen because of overuse of a joint. Or you could have a sudden injury, such as an accident or a sports injury.

What diseases can affect the joints?

Many diseases can affect the joints. They often cause joint pain and make your joints stiff, red, or swollen. Most of them are chronic. That means they last a long time. Some may never go away completely. Some of the diseases that affect the joints include:

Treatments are different depending on the disease. But most treatments include medicines and therapies to relieve pain and other symptoms.

What types of joint disorders happen from sudden injuries?

Joint disorders from sudden injuries include:

Treatment depends on the type of injury. You can treat many sports injuries at home. But you should call your health care provider if you:

What types of joint disorders happen from overuse?

Overuse injuries usually damage the soft tissues of the joint. They can happen when you work a joint too hard by doing the same movements over and over. For example, you could get an overuse injury from playing a musical instrument, playing sports, or doing certain jobs, such as carpentry or painting.

Joint overuse injuries include:

The treatments for bursitis, tendinitis, and chronic strain are often the same. They usually include rest, keeping the injured joint higher than your heart, and taking medicine to reduce swelling. Your provider may recommend gentle exercise and other treatment. In some cases, your provider may suggest an injection (a shot) of medicine into the joint. If these do not help, you may need surgery.

How can I keep my joints healthy?

Getting enough physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to prevent or slow joint disorders. Activity strengthens the muscles around your joints and helps them work better.

When you play sports, wear the right equipment to protect your joints, such as knee pads. If you already have joint problems, ask your provider what type of activities are best for you.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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