M25.6 - Stiffness of joint, not elsewhere classified

Version 2023
ICD-10:M25.6
Short Description:Stiffness of joint, not elsewhere classified
Long Description:Stiffness of joint, not elsewhere classified
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 joint disorder, not elsewhere classified (M25)

M25.6 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 stiffness of joint, not elsewhere classified. 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 Stiffness of joint, not elsewhere classified

Non-specific codes like M25.6 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 stiffness of joint, not elsewhere classified:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.60 for Stiffness of unspecified joint, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M25.61 for Stiffness of shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.611 for Stiffness of right shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.612 for Stiffness of left shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.619 for Stiffness of unspecified shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M25.62 for Stiffness of elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.621 for Stiffness of right elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.622 for Stiffness of left elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.629 for Stiffness of unspecified elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M25.63 for Stiffness of wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.631 for Stiffness of right wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.632 for Stiffness of left wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.639 for Stiffness of unspecified wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M25.64 for Stiffness of hand, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.641 for Stiffness of right hand, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.642 for Stiffness of left hand, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.649 for Stiffness of unspecified hand, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M25.65 for Stiffness of hip, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.651 for Stiffness of right hip, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.652 for Stiffness of left hip, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.659 for Stiffness of unspecified hip, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M25.66 for Stiffness of knee, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.661 for Stiffness of right knee, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.662 for Stiffness of left knee, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.669 for Stiffness of unspecified knee, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M25.67 for Stiffness of ankle and foot, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.671 for Stiffness of right ankle, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.672 for Stiffness of left ankle, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.673 for Stiffness of unspecified ankle, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.674 for Stiffness of right foot, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.675 for Stiffness of left foot, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.676 for Stiffness of unspecified foot, not elsewhere classified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M25.69 for Stiffness of other specified joint, not elsewhere classified

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to this diagnosis code:


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.

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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