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Osteoarthritis ICD 9

Osteoarthritis (OA Osteoarthritis ICD 9 715.9) is also known by the name degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease. It is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving the degradation of joints,[1] including articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. A variety of causes, including hereditary, developmental, metabolic, and mechanical, may initiate processes leading to loss of cartilage. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, it can potentially be exposed and damaged. As a result of decreased movement because of the pain, ligaments may become more lax and the muscles in the area may begin to atrophy.

The treatment of osteoarthritis is basically done through an exercise program targeting the affected area, lifestyle modification that includes diet and medications that includes analgesics. If the joint effected by the osteoarthritis become too debilitating due to pain, a type of surgery called joint replacement surgery may be needed to improve ones quality of life. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and also the leading cause of chronic pain and disability.

So, what are some causes of osteoarthritis (OA Osteoarthritis ICD 9 715.9) ? Some studies have shown that the mechanical stress on body joints is the cause of all arthritis. The different types of arthritis are caused by misalignment of bones, mechanical stress on the joint, mechanical injury to the joint, a person being chronically overweight, the loss of strength in the muscle that has been supporting the joint and the impairment of the peripheral nerves that lead to sudden and uncoordinated movement that will cause stress on the joint.

There are primary and secondary causes of osteoarthritis. Primary osteoarthritis is a related to aging and is a chronic degenerative disorder. This cause of arthritis is not caused by aging as is evidenced by eldery people who have no signs of the painful disease. This primary cause of arthritis is a result of water content in the cartilage decreasing as a person ages which in turn was caused from the reduced proteoglycan content. For more information and a more detailed overview on the medical explanations of Osteoarthritis IDC 9 Code 715.9, you can read more at WebMD here.

The secondary cause of osteoarthritis is similar to the primary cause with additional factors including:

  • Congenital disorders of joints
  • Diabetes.
  • Inflammatory diseases (such as Perthes’ disease), (Lyme disease), and all chronic forms of arthritis (e.g. costochondritis, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis). In gout, uric acid crystals cause the cartilage to degenerate at a faster pace.
  • Injury to joints or ligaments (such as the ACL), as a result of an accident or orthodontic operations.
  • Septic arthritis (infection of a joint )
  • Ligamentous deterioration or instability may be a factor.
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Alkaptonuria
  • Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Each person who suffers from osteoarthritis will be effected differently. For instance, pain and stiffness may prevent one person from being able to do simple daily activities, while another person may be able to continue to maintain an active lifestyle. The reality is, ones normal body movement may become very limited over time and trying to do your everyday activities, such as personal hygiene, household chores, or cooking may eventually become a challenge. It is suggested to refer to your health care provider for treatment that may include physical therapy and exercise, medications and perhaps even joint replacement surgery.

The Osteoarthritis ICD 9 code is 715.9. ICD-9-CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions. Although ICD-9-CM and CPT codes are largely numeric, they differ in that CPT codes describe medical procedures and services.

Top 7 Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis symptoms are as varied as they are complex within the body and can range from mild to severe.

Some of the main symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  1. Pain – This may seem obvious, but the pain symptoms will be that your joints may ache or you might feel a sharp or burning pain. Osteoarthritis is different for everyone and, for some people, the pain may not always be present or intense. One clue that your osteoarthritis may be getting worse is if you feel a constant pain in your body or a bad pain while you sleep. As you can imagine, this can potentially lead to sleepless nights and exhaustion if steps aren’t taken to manage the pain.
  2. Stiffness – Most people think of this symptom when one speaks of having osteoarthritis. When a person has arthritis, a simple task like getting up in the morning or standing up out of a chair can be a difficult thing to accomplish. Until you start to move around to get your joints warmed up, they might feel stiff and creaky for a short while. Unfortunately, one may also get stiff from sitting to much, so it’s important to have a good exercise program to keep your body from seizing up. Please note – never start an exercise program until you consult with your medical practitioner to avoid potential injury. » Continue reading Top 7 Osteoarthritis Symptoms »

When do you say ‘uncle’ when dealing with chronic illness and pain?

When do you say ‘uncle’ when dealing with chronic illness and pain?

It has been a little while since I’ve written a post, and that’s not because nothing was happening in our life. Sometimes a break is needed to collect one’s thoughts as they move through events. There have been a number of life-altering events the past while in our family that have both altered our future and hardened our resolve to continue our journey with even more intention.

Within the past week we’ve received news that we didn’t really want to hear but were somewhat prepared for regarding my wife’s health. We’ve been on a journey the past year to pin-point the cause of an excruciating pain in her abdomen. Through almost a full year of invasive medical therapy, nothing has been resolved. In the process, over the past year other issues came to light that we knew we had to look into. The past week, after a cat-scans, x-rays and MRIs, we’ve discovered that we have a few potential answers to some pain. So, on top of her already painful life with lupus, fibromylagia, chronic migraines and other things, we now have a few more things to deal with.

The scoop is this:my dear wife has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the spine, has been diagnosed with bulging discs in her lower back and her heart problem, which we’ve already had two surgeries for and thought we were done with, has reared its ugly head once again.

In my household, we’ve had to deal with many things that would simply be too overwhelming to list. I do not say his to garner any pity, but rather just to prove a point. It is only by the strength of God that we can meet these challenges head on. I know I have some non-believing friends who will be reading this and will say they don’t need God and that He is only a crutch for weak people. To these dear friends, I give the following short story:

A few years back I was being interviewed on a local radio station – CKNW. They’ heard about my website – – and that I was trying to use the internet to raise money for the care of my wife. I’d been interviewed for about an hour when the host of the show asked if I would be interested in taking some calls. I responded that I would love to, so she opened up the lines for callers to call in. The first caller to call in identified himself as a philosophy student from Simon Fraser University. He was initially polite and made the comment that I sounded like I could be a Christian with the way I was answering some of the hosts questions. I confirmed his suspicions and then he went on the attack and said, “Many people who believe in God and think that He exists really only use Him as a crutch. What do you have to say about that?”

My response to the caller was this. When one breaks his leg, he expects to have a cast put on and then handed a set of crutches to be able to get around. We wouldn’t expect the person with a broken leg to be able to get up and walk around as if nothing had happened, would we? If we expected this, the leg probably wouldn’t heal as fast or perhaps not even heal properly. In the same way, those who are dealing with difficult situations can use God as something to lean on, a crutch if you will, until we feel we can walk on our own and are healed.

I knew the philosophy student was looking to pick a fight with a Christian, and my response to his question shut him up pretty quickly and he hung up. I knew that his intention was to pick as many holes into my response as possible because, in all honesty, that’s what people who don’t understand what Jesus is about do. My response to him was out of love for him and he wasn’t able to process that.

As Christians, during difficult times we sometimes feel that God has abandoned us and may have gone on vacation. I understand He likes the Bahamas this time of year. The reality is that He hasn’t left us, but He’s allowing us to learn about ourselves. It’s much like the production of gold from ore – it needs to be stuck in the fire, melted down and purified. Gold from ore can’t be produced simply by looking at it. I’ve tried, it doesn’t work (insert short video clip of Sheldon Cooper trying to blow up Howard Wolowitz’s head using his mind…)

Our purpose and life here on earth isn’t simply just to consume everything to the point of extinction and create as much greenhouse gas as possible.It seems to me to be a very selfish existence and way of living. I would also suggest that there are some that produce more than their fair share of greenhouse gas than others (refer to every husband under the covers at night…). Our purpose is far greater than that and the journey is a fascinating one to me.

So, when does one say “uncle” when dealing with so much pain and chronic illness? I would humbly suggest … never. God gives us the strength to take each day as it comes. I don’t worry about tomorrow, because God blessed me with today first. Life is a fantastic journey and, like all journeys, we can only take one step – or one day – at a time.

Top Tips for Osteoarthritis Pain Relief and Management

Are you looking to improve your quality of life with osteoarthritis pain relief management methods? Can osteoarthritis pain be effectively managed so that it doesn’t interrupt your normal daily activities and tasks? Can a person living with chronic osteoarthritis pain in their body control their symptoms and still live a productive and happy life? The following tips for osteoarthritis pain relief are suggestions that offer the best chance for successfully managing your osteoarthritis pain.

You need to recognize the early symptoms of osteoarthritis

One of the first steps to osteoarthritis pain relief and management is to recognize the early symptoms. A first symptom usually experienced is joint pain. If you notice joint pain that lasts more than a few weeks, please consult your doctor.

Consult with your doctor

Once you’ve recognized the early warning symptoms of osteoarthritis, you should consult with a doctor you have trust in. Your first appointment should be with your primary doctor, one who knows your medical history and can do the initial evaluation of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Because the diagnosis will potentially be a life-changing event, you need to be dealing with a doctor you feel comfortable with.

Follow your prescribed treatment plan

So, you’ve been through the test and have now been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Your doctor will give you a course of treatment that you will need to follow for your best chance at success for osteoarthritis pain relief and management. You will probably be taking some medications – follow the prescription. It is suggested to keep an accurate diary to help you stay the course during the treatment. It is also good to keep notes on how the treatment is making you feel – better or worse.

Exercise, exercise, exercise

Exercise is never a bad option, but it’s important to consult with your attending doctor to ensure that whatever exercise you’re planning on doing will not make things worse. There are specific exercises for osteoarthritis pain sufferers, such as walking, yoga, water exercises, biking, tai-chi and other low impact exercises. If you’re unsure as to what exercises would be suitable, consult with a physical therapist and they will be able to help you out.

Maintain a proper diet and weight

Being even only moderately overweight will impact weight-bearing joints in your body and can increase the pain of osteoarthritis. As you walk, your hips, knees, and ankles bear three to five times your total body weight. For every pound you’re overweight, the equivalent of three to five pounds worth of added pressure is added to each knee as you walk. A 10-pound weight loss causes 30 to 50 pounds of extra stress to be relieved from the joints. Consult with a dietician if you’re unsure as to how you can lose the weight needed to reduce the stress on your body. You need to protect the joints in your body and reducing your weight is an excellent first step.

Learn to relax for osteoarthritis pain relief management

Each person is unique and handles chronic pain in their bodies differently. It is integral to understand that even though your body may be in pain every day, you don’t have to let it rule your life. Exploring relaxation methods, whatever you decide, can help take your mind off of your condition. Distraction is a great method to help you cope with your chronic pain.

Find a support group

The value of having others support you on your journey will be immeasurable. Find others who’ve suffered with chronic pain that can relate to your daily struggles. Supportive family members can help simply by listening to you when you’re feeling overwhelmed and help when you need assistance. Simple things like merely sharing a joke or watching a movie together can help diminish the pain. Speaking from experience, these methods are very effective.

Recognize your achievements and progress

Osteoarthritis pain relief management will require you to be intentional with lifestyle changes. You will need to modify your old behaviours with new things like exercise, medications and relaxation. You will have to give up things that you previously enjoyed to better manage your osteoarthritis pain. Things like managing your weight will take willpower and you will eventually be successfull in this goal. You need to recognize these achievements by treating yourself to a spa, buying a new shirt… it’s up to you.

Osteoarthritis pain relief and management can be successful if followed intentionally and with a support group can make the process less arduous. Chronic pain, although a challenge to every day life, doesn’t have to rule your life. A good attitude and will-power can help you meet the challenge head on.

Living with Invisible Chronic Illness is Like Running Through Porridge

I’m sure we’ve all had the dream, or a variation of, where we are trying to run away from something or someone chasing us. No matter how hard we concentrate on trying to escape or catch the other person, it seems our efforts are futile. We try to make our legs move faster only to have them move in slow motion. It’s as if we are running through a giant vat of porridge and can’t get anywhere.

I’m going to approach living with invisible chronic illness and pain from this perspective and use two different viewpoints. One viewpoint will be from the actual person suffering from chronic illness and pain and the other will be from a care-giver perspective. » Continue reading Living with Invisible Chronic Illness is Like Running Through Porridge »