ICD-10-CM Code M24.0

Loose body in joint

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M24.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of loose body in joint. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M24.0
Short Description:Loose body in joint
Long Description:Loose body in joint

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

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

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 M24.0:

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
  • loose body in knee M23.4

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other joint disorders (M20-M25)
      • Other specific joint derangements (M24)

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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