ICD-10-CM Code R26.9

Unspecified abnormalities of gait and mobility

Version 2020 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R26.9 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified abnormalities of gait and mobility. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R26.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal gait, bizarre gait, cannot get about, functional gait abnormality, general difficulty in moving, high level sensorimotor gait disorder, etc

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.

ICD-10:R26.9
Short Description:Unspecified abnormalities of gait and mobility
Long Description:Unspecified abnormalities of gait and mobility

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 R26.9 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Abnormal gait
  • Bizarre gait
  • Cannot get about
  • Functional gait abnormality
  • General difficulty in moving
  • High level sensorimotor gait disorder
  • Incongruous gait
  • Incongruous gait
  • Low level sensorimotor gait disorder
  • Middle level sensorimotor gait disorder
  • Pretended abnormality of gait

Convert R26.9 to ICD-9

  • 781.2 - Abnormality of gait (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the nervous and musculoskeletal systems (R25-R29)
      • Abnormalities of gait and mobility (R26)

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


Walking Problems

What are walking problems?

If you are like most people, you walk thousands of steps each day. You walk to do your daily activities, get around, and exercise. It's something that you usually don't think about. But for those people who have a problem with walking, daily life can be more difficult.

Walking problems may cause you to

  • Walk with your head and neck bent over
  • Drag, drop, or shuffle your feet
  • Have irregular, jerky movements when walking
  • Take smaller steps
  • Waddle
  • Walk more slowly or stiffly

What causes walking problems?

The pattern of how you walk is called your gait. Many different diseases and conditions can affect your gait and lead to problems with walking. They include

  • Abnormal development of the muscles or bones of your legs or feet
  • Arthritis of the hips, knees, ankles, or feet
  • Cerebellar disorders, which are disorders of the area of the brain that controls coordination and balance
  • Foot problems, including corns and calluses, sores, and warts
  • Infections
  • Injuries, such as broken bones, sprains, and tendinitis
  • Movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease
  • Neurologic diseases, including multiple sclerosis and peripheral nerve disorders
  • Vision problems

How is the cause of a walking problem diagnosed?

To make a diagnosis, your health care provider will ask about your medical history and do a physical exam. This will include checking your bones and muscles and doing a neurological exam. In some cases, you may have other tests, such as lab or imaging tests.

What are the treatments for walking problems?

Treatment of walking problems depends on the cause. Some common types of treatments include

  • Medicines
  • Mobility aids
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

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