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Chapter 19 of the ICD-10 code set covers injury, poisoning, and certain other consequences of external causes.

While chiropractic physicians will primarily use the chronic and recurrent musculoskeletal conditions from Chapter 13, Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue, there are several relevant codes from Chapter 19. They include acute musculoskeletal conditions such as sprains and strains of the spine, codes that will be used frequently by chiropractors. They are easily identifiable because they begin with the letter “S.” These codes require the addition of a seventh-character extension that specifies the episode of care or encounter.


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