ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 715.11

Loc prim osteoart-shlder

Diagnosis Code 715.11

ICD-9: 715.11
Short Description: Loc prim osteoart-shlder
Long Description: Osteoarthrosis, localized, primary, shoulder region
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 715.11

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (710–739)
    • Arthropathies and related disorders (710-719)
      • 715 Osteoarthrosis and allied disorders

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Also called: Degenerative joint disease, OA, Osteoarthrosis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes pain, swelling, and reduced motion in your joints. It can occur in any joint, but usually it affects your hands, knees, hips or spine.

Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When you lose cartilage, your bones rub together. Over time, this rubbing can permanently damage the joint.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include

  • Being overweight
  • Getting older
  • Injuring a joint

No single test can diagnose osteoarthritis. Most doctors use several methods, including medical history, a physical exam, x-rays, or lab tests.

Treatments include exercise, medicines, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Osteoarthritis
  • What Is Osteoarthritis? - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)


Shoulder Injuries and Disorders

Your shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). Your shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. They can also be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain in a stable or normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Because the shoulder can be unstable, it is the site of many common problems. They include sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis.

Usually shoulder problems are treated with RICE. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Other treatments include exercise, medicines to reduce pain and swelling, and surgery if other treatments don't work.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Broken collarbone - aftercare
  • Dislocated shoulder - aftercare
  • Fractured clavicle in the newborn
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder - aftercare
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder CT scan
  • Shoulder MRI scan
  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder replacement - discharge
  • Shoulder separation - aftercare
  • Shoulder surgery - discharge
  • Using your shoulder after replacement surgery
  • Using your shoulder after surgery

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