ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 338.21

Chronc pain d/t trauma

Diagnosis Code 338.21

ICD-9: 338.21
Short Description: Chronc pain d/t trauma
Long Description: Chronic pain due to trauma
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 338.21

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the nervous system (320–359)
    • Pain (338)
      • 338 Pain, not elsewhere classified

Information for Patients

Chronic Pain

Pain is a feeling set off in the nervous system. Acute pain lets you know that you may be injured or have a problem you need to take care of. Chronic pain is different. The pain signals go on for weeks, months, or even years. The original cause may have been an injury or infection. There may be an ongoing cause of pain, such as arthritis or cancer. But in some cases there is no clear cause.

Problems that cause chronic pain include

  • Headache
  • Low back strain
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Pain from nerve damage

Chronic pain usually cannot be cured. But treatments can help. They include medicines, acupuncture, electrical stimulation and surgery. Other treatments include psychotherapy, relaxation and meditation therapy, biofeedback, and behavior modification.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • Chronic pain and your emotions
  • Managing your chronic pain

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