2022 ICD-10-CM Code S12.33

Unspecified traumatic spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:S12.33
Short Description:Unsp traumatic spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra
Long Description:Unspecified traumatic spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the neck (S10-S19)
      • Fracture of cervical vertebra and other parts of neck (S12)

S12.33 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified traumatic spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S12.33 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Fracture of cervical vertebra and other parts of neck (S12). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Unsp traumatic spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra

Non-specific codes like S12.33 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 unsp traumatic spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S12.330 for Unspecified traumatic displaced spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.330A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.330B for initial encounter for open fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.330D for subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.330G for subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.330K for subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.330S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S12.331 for Unspecified traumatic nondisplaced spondylolisthesis of fourth cervical vertebra
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.331A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.331B for initial encounter for open fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.331D for subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.331G for subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.331K for subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S12.331S for sequela

Information for Patients


Fractures

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.


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Neck Injuries and Disorders

Any part of your neck - muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves - can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

Treatment depends on the cause, but may include applying ice, taking pain relievers, getting physical therapy or wearing a cervical collar. You rarely need surgery.


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Spine Injuries and Disorders

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)