Understanding Spine Injury ICD 10 Codes

Paul Amadeus Lane uses a Quantum Rehab Wheelchair with iLevel
Paul Amadeus Lane in his Quantum Rehab Wheelchair

According to the United Spinal Association, approximately 17,700 Americans acquire a spinal cord injury every year. Roughly 78 percent of those individuals are men, their average age is 43. Most spinal cord injuries happen due to a vehicle accident, falls, violence and medical/surgery complications. Read on to learn more about SCI, spine injury ICD 10 codes for reimbursement/billing and complex rehab technology that can help SCI patients.

Today, individuals who become paralyzed or sustain a spinal cord injury are fortunate to have access to power wheelchairs and complex rehab technology. A Quantum Rehab wheelchair is customized with different seating, positioning and electronics to meet the needs of individuals living with a spinal cord injury. Once diagnosed, a SCI patient can work with their clinician to obtain the right equipment, including seating and positioning, to support mobility and quality-of-life needs.

Understanding Spine Injury ICD 10 Codes

Jesse was diagnosed with a spine injury ICD 10 code and obtained access to CRT equipment
Jesse in his Quantum Rehab Wheelchair

Before equipment can be purchased through insurance, the right diagnosis needs to be made for reimbursement purposes. The ICD 10 code for a spinal cord injury varies, depending on the specific diagnosis. For example, an unspecified injury to the L3 level of lumbar spinal cord has an ICD 10 code of S34.103. This is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement. If the injury is unspecified at an unspecified level of the cervical spinal cord, the spine injury ICD 10 is S14.109A.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Complex Rehab Technology

After a diagnosis, a spinal cord injury patient should work with their clinician on finding mobility equipment that meets their needs. A Quantum Rehab Wheelchair offers the latest advanced technologies to increase the independence of those living with spinal cord injuries. Optional iLevel® power adjustable seat height is compatible with the Stretto Power Chair and allows a user to operate the power chair at seated or standing height. A user can elevate 12 inches while driving at 3.5 mph, helping them complete activities of daily living, such as reaching, grooming, cooking, toileting and transferring.

The 4Front® 2 Power Chair is another option for SCI patients. The 4Front 2 is equipped with Smart Traction Control, which offers increased speeds up to 6.25 mph and upgraded drive performance. Optional power adjustable safe seat elevation raises the power chair seat 10 inches, allowing the user to drive while elevated, up to 3.5 mph, providing greater access and inclusion. 

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