ICD-10-CM Code S03

Dislocation and sprain of joints and ligaments of head

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S03 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of dislocation and sprain of joints and ligaments of head. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:S03
Short Description:Dislocation and sprain of joints and ligaments of head
Long Description:Dislocation and sprain of joints and ligaments of head

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

  • S03.0 - Dislocation of jaw
  • S03.00 - Dislocation of jaw, unspecified side
  • S03.00XA - Dislocation of jaw, unspecified side, initial encounter
  • S03.00XD - Dislocation of jaw, unspecified side, subsequent encounter
  • S03.00XS - Dislocation of jaw, unspecified side, sequela
  • S03.01 - Dislocation of jaw, right side
  • S03.01XA - Dislocation of jaw, right side, initial encounter
  • S03.01XD - Dislocation of jaw, right side, subsequent encounter
  • S03.01XS - Dislocation of jaw, right side, sequela
  • S03.02 - Dislocation of jaw, left side
  • S03.02XA - Dislocation of jaw, left side, initial encounter
  • S03.02XD - Dislocation of jaw, left side, subsequent encounter
  • S03.02XS - Dislocation of jaw, left side, sequela
  • S03.03 - Dislocation of jaw, bilateral
  • S03.03XA - Dislocation of jaw, bilateral, initial encounter
  • S03.03XD - Dislocation of jaw, bilateral, subsequent encounter
  • S03.03XS - Dislocation of jaw, bilateral, sequela
  • S03.1 - Dislocation of septal cartilage of nose
  • S03.1XXA - Dislocation of septal cartilage of nose, initial encounter
  • S03.1XXD - Dislocation of septal cartilage of nose, subsequent encounter
  • S03.1XXS - Dislocation of septal cartilage of nose, sequela
  • S03.2 - Dislocation of tooth
  • S03.2XXA - Dislocation of tooth, initial encounter
  • S03.2XXD - Dislocation of tooth, subsequent encounter
  • S03.2XXS - Dislocation of tooth, sequela
  • S03.4 - Sprain of jaw
  • S03.40 - Sprain of jaw, unspecified side
  • S03.40XA - Sprain of jaw, unspecified side, initial encounter
  • S03.40XD - Sprain of jaw, unspecified side, subsequent encounter
  • S03.40XS - Sprain of jaw, unspecified side, sequela
  • S03.41 - Sprain of jaw, right side
  • S03.41XA - Sprain of jaw, right side, initial encounter
  • S03.41XD - Sprain of jaw, right side, subsequent encounter
  • S03.41XS - Sprain of jaw, right side, sequela
  • S03.42 - Sprain of jaw, left side
  • S03.42XA - Sprain of jaw, left side, initial encounter
  • S03.42XD - Sprain of jaw, left side, subsequent encounter
  • S03.42XS - Sprain of jaw, left side, sequela
  • S03.43 - Sprain of jaw, bilateral
  • S03.43XA - Sprain of jaw, bilateral, initial encounter
  • S03.43XD - Sprain of jaw, bilateral, subsequent encounter
  • S03.43XS - Sprain of jaw, bilateral, sequela
  • S03.8 - Sprain of joints and ligaments of other parts of head
  • S03.8XXA - Sprain of joints and ligaments of other parts of head, initial encounter
  • S03.8XXD - Sprain of joints and ligaments of other parts of head, subsequent encounter
  • S03.8XXS - Sprain of joints and ligaments of other parts of head, sequela
  • S03.9 - Sprain of joints and ligaments of unspecified parts of head
  • S03.9XXA - Sprain of joints and ligaments of unspecified parts of head, initial encounter
  • S03.9XXD - Sprain of joints and ligaments of unspecified parts of head, subsequent encounter
  • S03.9XXS - Sprain of joints and ligaments of unspecified parts of head, sequela

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 S03:

Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • avulsion of joint (capsule) or ligament of head
  • laceration of cartilage, joint (capsule) or ligament of head
  • sprain of cartilage, joint (capsule) or ligament of head
  • traumatic hemarthrosis of joint or ligament of head
  • traumatic rupture of joint or ligament of head
  • traumatic subluxation of joint or ligament of head
  • traumatic tear of joint or ligament of head

Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.
  • any associated open wound

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.
  • Strain of muscle or tendon of head S09.1

7th Character Note

7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.
  • The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from category S03

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.
  • A - initial encounter
  • D - subsequent encounter
  • S - sequela

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the head (S00-S09)
      • Dislocation and sprain of joints and ligaments of head (S03)

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


Dislocations

Dislocations are joint injuries that force the ends of your bones out of position. The cause is often a fall or a blow, sometimes from playing a contact sport. You can dislocate your ankles, knees, shoulders, hips, elbows and jaw. You can also dislocate your finger and toe joints. Dislocated joints often are swollen, very painful and visibly out of place. You may not be able to move it.

A dislocated joint is an emergency. If you have one, seek medical attention. Treatment depends on which joint you dislocate and the severity of the injury. It might include manipulations to reposition your bones, medicine, a splint or sling, and rehabilitation. When properly repositioned, a joint will usually function and move normally again in a few weeks. Once you dislocate a shoulder or kneecap, you are more likely to dislocate it again. Wearing protective gear during sports may help prevent dislocations.


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Head Injuries

Chances are you've bumped your head before. Often, the injury is minor because your skull is hard and it protects your brain. But other head injuries can be more severe, such as a skull fracture, concussion, or traumatic brain injury.

Head injuries can be open or closed. A closed injury does not break through the skull. With an open, or penetrating, injury, an object pierces the skull and enters the brain. Closed injuries are not always less severe than open injuries.

Some common causes of head injuries are falls, motor vehicle accidents, violence, and sports injuries.

It is important to know the warning signs of a moderate or severe head injury. Get help immediately if the injured person has

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • An inability to wake up
  • Dilated (enlarged) pupil in one or both eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

Doctors use a neurologic exam and imaging tests to make a diagnosis. Treatment depends on the type of injury and how severe it is.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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Sprains and Strains

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect bones at a joint. Falling, twisting, or getting hit can all cause a sprain. Ankle and wrist sprains are common. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and being unable to move your joint. You might feel a pop or tear when the injury happens.

A strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Tendons are tissues that connect muscle to bone. Twisting or pulling these tissues can cause a strain. Strains can happen suddenly or develop over time. Back and hamstring muscle strains are common. Many people get strains playing sports. Symptoms include pain, muscle spasms, swelling, and trouble moving the muscle.

At first, treatment of both sprains and strains usually involves resting the injured area, icing it, wearing a bandage or device that compresses the area, and medicines. Later treatment might include exercise and physical therapy.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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