Billable Medical Code for Sprains and Strains of Unspecified Site of Knee and Leg
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 844.9
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 844.9.
The Short Description Is: Sprain of knee & leg NOS.
Calf strain is also known as anterior shin splints, left knee sprain, right knee sprain, shin splints, sprain of knee, strain of knee. This applies to knee NOS and leg NOS.
Calf Strain Definition and Symptoms
Calf strain is defined as a partial tear in the small fibers of the calf muscles. Repetitive strains to the muscles of the calf may be an indicator of other biochemical problems, lack of stretching, or compartment syndrome. Symptoms include pain in the back of the lower leg (level of pain varies based on the extent of the injury), difficulty walking, bruising or discoloring on or around the calf with more severe injuries, tightness in the calf muscle.