BC Advantage - 2017 Issue 5

Diagnosing, Documenting & Coding for Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy can be an unpleasant condition, but diagnosing, documenting and coding for it does not have to be. It just takes a little research. The brain communicates with the body via the spinal cord which is protected by the bones of the spinal column, called vertebrae. Nerve roots exit in between each bone through openings called foramen. The nerves from the neck carry signals back and forth to and from the arms, hands, and fingers. Cervical radiculopathy is the name or pain and other symptoms caused by problems with these nerves. Problems with the nerves from the low back...

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