Billable Medical Code for Other Syndromes Affecting Cervical Region
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 723.8
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 723.8.
The Short Description Is: Cervical syndrome NEC.
Occipital neuralgia is also known as cervical (neck) syndrome, cervical facet joint pain, cervical root syndrome, cervical syndrome, cervical trigger point syndrome, cervico-occipital neuralgia,
decreased passive range of cervical spine extension, decreased passive range of cervical spine flexion, decreased passive range of cervical spine left lateral flexion, decreased passive range of cervical spine left rotation, decreased passive range of cervical spine right lateral flexion, decreased passive range of cervical spine right rotation, facet syndrome of cervical spine,
facet syndrome cervical, klippel’s disease, occipital neuralgia, and occipital neuralgia (head/neck pain). This applies to cervical syndrome NEC, klippel’s disease, and occipital neuralgia.
Occipital Neuralgia Definition and Symptoms
Occipital neuralgia is a condition where the occipital nerves, the nerves that run from the top of the spinal cord up to the scalp, are injured. This is caused by compression to the nerves from injury or inflammation. Symptoms include tender scalp, pain when moving the neck, sensitivity to light, pain behind the eye, burning pain that starts at the base of the head, and pain on one or both sides of the head.