Physical Therapy Toolbox: ICD-9 Codes

ICD 9 Codes

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (most commonly known by the abbreviation ICD and published by the World Health Organization [WHO]) provides codes to classify diseases and a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or disease.

Every health condition can be assigned to a unique category and given a code, up to six characters long. Such categories can include a set of similar diseases.

ICD is the most widely used statistical classification system for diseases in the world. In the United States, hospitals and other healthcare facilities index healthcare data by referring and adhering to a classification system published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: ICD, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). The Clinical Modification or CM system was developed and implemented in order to better describe the clinical picture of the patient.

As well as general medical diseases, the ICD also includes a section classifying mental and behavioral disorders.

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