Billable Medical Code for Tear of Medial Cartilage or Meniscus of Knee, Current
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 836.0
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 836.0.
The Short Description Is: Tear med menisc knee-cur.
Medial meniscal tear is also known as acute meniscal tear medial, acute tear knee medical meniscus, current tear knee medical meniscus, and tear of medial meniscus of knee. This applies to bucket handle tear: NOS current injury and medial meniscus current injury.
Medial Meniscal Tear Definition and Symptoms
Medial meniscal tear is a tear in the meniscus of the knee. This is a thick crescent shaped pad of cartilage between the femur and the tibia. This injury is most common in athletes due to the amount of impact to the knee. Symptoms are pain with running or walking, swelling of the knee joint, a “tight” feeling in the knee, popping of the knee, and knee locking.