ICD-10-CM Code S13.4
Sprain of ligaments of cervical spine
Non-Billable CodeNon-Billable means the code is not sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis. Use a child code to capture more detail.
7th Character RequiredCode requires 7th Character Extension identifier. This 7th Character usually captures Episode of Care information, such as "Initial Encounter," "Subsquent Encounter," or "Sequela."
ICD Code S13.4 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use specify a 7th character that describes the diagnosis 'sprain of ligaments of cervical spine' in more detail. The 7th characters that can be added, and the resulting billable codes, are as follows:
|7th Digit||Billable Code||7th Digit Specifies|
What is 7th Character Extension?For codes less than 6 characters that require a 7th character a placeholder 'X' should be assigned for all characters less than 6. The 7th character must always be the 7th position of a code. E.g. The ICD-10-CM code T67.4 (Heat exhaustion due to salt depletion) requires an Episode of Care identifier. T67.4XXA Initial Encounter or T67.4XXD Subsequent Encounter. More Info
The ICD code S134 is used to code Whiplash (medicine)
Whiplash is a non-medical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension, although the exact injury mechanism(s) remain unknown. The term "whiplash" is a colloquialism. "Cervical acceleration-deceleration" (CAD) describes the mechanism of the injury, while the term "whiplash associated disorders" (WAD) describes the injury sequelae and symptoms.
|ICD 9 Code:||847.0|
Lateral view X-ray of whiplash showing a loss of normal lordosis of the cervical spine
Coding Notes for S13.4 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code
Inclusion TermsInclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.
- Sprain of anterior longitudinal (ligament), cervical
- Sprain of atlanto-axial (joints)
- Sprain of atlanto-occipital (joints)
- Whiplash injury of cervical spine
Related Concepts SNOMET-CT
- Cervical anterior longitudinal ligament sprain (disorder)
- Acute sprain of ligament of neck (disorder)
Coding Advice SNOMET-CT
- Possible requirement for an external cause code
- Episode of care information needed
- Consider additional code to identify specific condition or disease
ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'S13.4 - Sprain of ligaments of cervical spine'
The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code S13.4. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.
Parent Code: S13 - Dislocation and sprain of joints and ligaments at neck level