ICD-9 Code 959.3

Elbow, forearm, and wrist injury

Not Valid for Submission

959.3 is a legacy non-billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of elbow, forearm, and wrist injury. This code was replaced on September 30, 2015 by its ICD-10 equivalent.

ICD-9: 959.3
Short Description:Elb/forearm/wrst inj NOS
Long Description:Elbow, forearm, and wrist injury

Convert 959.3 to ICD-10

The following crosswalk between ICD-9 to ICD-10 is based based on the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS) information:

  • S59.809A - Other specified injuries of unspecified elbow, init encntr
  • S59.819A - Other specified injuries unspecified forearm, init encntr
  • S59.909A - Unspecified injury of unspecified elbow, initial encounter
  • S59.919A - Unspecified injury of unspecified forearm, initial encounter
  • S69.80XA - Oth injuries of unsp wrist, hand and finger(s), init encntr
  • S69.90XA - Unsp injury of unsp wrist, hand and finger(s), init encntr

Code Classification

  • Injury and poisoning (800–999)
    • Certain traumatic complications and unspecified injuries (958-959)
      • 959 Injury, other and unspecified

Information for Medical Professionals

Synonyms

  • Bowstringing of tendon, wrist or hand
  • Compartment syndrome of upper limb
  • Complete division, both flexor tendons
  • Complete division, flexor digitorum superficialis tendon
  • Foreign body left in elbow
  • Foreign body left in wrist
  • Injury of elbow
  • Injury of extensor or abductor muscles and tendons of thumb at forearm level
  • Injury of forearm
  • Injury of multiple muscles and tendons at forearm level
  • Injury of muscle and tendon at forearm level
  • Injury of wrist
  • Massive multi tissue damage lower arm
  • Metal foreign body in elbow
  • Metal foreign body in forearm
  • Metal foreign body in wrist
  • Pellet wound of elbow
  • Pellet wound of forearm
  • Pellet wound of wrist
  • Severe multi tissue damage lower arm
  • Traumatic division of wrist ligament
  • Triangular fibrocartilage tear

Index to Diseases and Injuries

References found for the code 959.3 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Injury 959.9
      • elbow and forearm and wrist 959.3
      • forearm and elbow and wrist 959.3
      • wrist and elbow and forearm 959.3

Information for Patients


Arm Injuries and Disorders

Of the 206 bones in your body, 3 of them are in your arm; the humerus, radius and ulna. Your arms are also made up of muscles, joints, tendons and other connective tissue. Injuries to any of these parts of the arm can occur during sports, a fall or an accident.

Types of arm injuries include

  • Tendinitis and bursitis
  • Sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Broken bones

Some nerve problems, arthritis, or cancers can affect the entire arm and cause pain, spasms, swelling and trouble moving. You may also have problems or injure specific parts of your arm, such as your hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder.

  • Arm CT scan
  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Brachial plexus injury in newborns
  • Radial head fracture - aftercare
  • Radial nerve dysfunction
  • Skeletal limb abnormalities
  • Volkmann ischemic contracture

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Elbow Injuries and Disorders

Your elbow joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the elbow joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have elbow problems.

Many things can make your elbow hurt. A common cause is tendinitis, an inflammation or injury to the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Tendinitis of the elbow is a sports injury, often from playing tennis or golf. You may also get tendinitis from overuse of the elbow.

Other causes of elbow pain include sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, bursitis and arthritis. Treatment depends on the cause.

  • Elbow pain
  • Elbow replacement
  • Elbow replacement - discharge
  • Elbow sprain -- aftercare
  • Medial epicondylitis - golfer's elbow
  • Nursemaid's elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tennis elbow surgery
  • Tennis elbow surgery - discharge

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ICD-9 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-9 and ICD-10 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.

Index of Diseases and Injuries Definitions

  • And - The word "and" should be interpreted to mean either "and" or "or" when it appears in a title.
  • Code also note - A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.
  • Code first - Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.
  • Type 1 Excludes Notes - A type 1 Excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • Type 2 Excludes Notes - 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.
  • Includes Notes - This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • Inclusion terms - List of terms is included under some codes. These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • NEC "Not elsewhere classifiable" - This abbreviation in the Alphabetic Index represents "other specified". When a specific code is not available for a condition, the Alphabetic Index directs the coder to the "other specified” code in the Tabular List.
  • NOS "Not otherwise specified" - This abbreviation is the equivalent of unspecified.
  • See - The "see" instruction following a main term in the Alphabetic Index indicates that another term should be referenced. It is necessary to go to the main term referenced with the "see" note to locate the correct code.
  • See Also - A "see also" instruction following a main term in the Alphabetic Index instructs that there is another main term that may also be referenced that may provide additional Alphabetic Index entries that may be useful. It is not necessary to follow the "see also" note when the original main term provides the necessary code.
  • 7th Characters - 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.
  • With - The word "with" should be interpreted to mean "associated with" or "due to" when it appears in a code title, the Alphabetic Index, or an instructional note in the Tabular List. The word "with" in the Alphabetic Index is sequenced immediately following the main term, not in alphabetical order.