Documenting the Location and Correct Coding

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, CPC, CMRS, QCC, QMCS
December 12th, 2017

The exact level of the subluxation must be specified in the documentation to substantiate payment of a claim. 

You may document the exact bones such as C3, C3 or the area if it implies only certain bones such as the Occipito-atlantal - Occiput, and C1 (Atlas). 

C1 is the first vertebra known as the atlas. The axis-form is a pivotal joint that includes C1 and C2.

Area Vertebrae # of Vertebrae Other Name
Neck Occiput Occ, CO
Cervical 7 C1 thru C7
Atlas C1
Axis C2
Back Dorsal Or 12 D1 thru D12
Thoracic T1 thru T12
Costovertebral R1 thru R12
Low Back Lumbar 5 L1 thru L5
Pelvis IIii, r and I I,Si
Sacral Sacrum, Coccyx S, SC

Documenting the Location and Correct Coding. (2017, December 12). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from

© InnoviHealth Systems Inc

Article Tags  (click on a tag to see related articles)

Publish this Article on your Website, Blog or Newsletter

This article is available for publishing on websites, blogs, and newsletters. The article must be published in its entirety - all links must be active. If you would like to publish this article, please contact us and let us know where you will be publishing it. The easiest way to get the text of the article is to highlight and copy. Or use your browser's "View Source" option to capture the HTML formatted code.

If you would like a specific article written on a medical coding and billing topic, please Contact Us.


innoviHealth Systems, Inc.
62 East 300 North
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-770-4203 (8-5 Mountain)
free demo
request yours today
free subscription
for any budget

Thank you for choosing Find-A-Code, please Sign In to remove ads.