ICD-10-CM Code M75.12

Complete rotator cuff tear or rupture not specified as traumatic

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M75.12 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of complete rotator cuff tear or rupture not specified as traumatic. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M75.12
Short Description:Complete rotatr-cuff tear/ruptr not specified as traumatic
Long Description:Complete rotator cuff tear or rupture not specified as traumatic

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

  • M75.120 - Complete rotator cuff tear or rupture of unspecified shoulder, not specified as traumatic
  • M75.121 - Complete rotator cuff tear or rupture of right shoulder, not specified as traumatic
  • M75.122 - Complete rotator cuff tear or rupture of left shoulder, not specified as traumatic

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 M75.12 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other soft tissue disorders (M70-M79)
      • Shoulder lesions (M75)

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


Rotator Cuff Injuries

Your rotator cuff is located in your shoulder area. It is made of muscles and tendons. It helps your shoulder to move and stay stable. Problems with the rotator cuff are common. They include tendinitis, bursitis, and injuries such as tears.

Rotator cuff tendons can become inflamed from frequent use or aging. Sometimes they are injured from a fall on an outstretched hand. Sports or jobs with repeated overhead motion can also damage the rotator cuff. Aging causes tendons to wear down, which can lead to a tear.

Some tears are not painful, but others can be very painful. Treatment for a torn rotator cuff depends on age, health, how severe the injury is, and how long you've had the torn rotator cuff.

Treatment for torn rotator cuff includes:

  • Rest
  • Heat or cold to the sore area
  • Medicines that reduce pain and swelling
  • Electrical stimulation of muscles and nerves
  • Ultrasound
  • Cortisone injection
  • Surgery

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease


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