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Rotator Cuff Strain And Impingement Syndrome

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What exams would he use and what codes would be used to rate rotator cuff strain and impingement syndrome of the right shoulder?

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5200 Scapulohumeral articulation, ankylosis of:Note: The scapula and humerus move as one piece.Unfavorable, abduction limited to 25° from side5040Intermediate between favorable and unfavorable4030Favorable, abduction to 60°, can reach mouth and head30205201 Arm, limitation of motion of:To 25° from side4030Midway between side and shoulder level3020At shoulder level20205202 Humerus, other impairment of:Loss of head of (flail shoulder)8070Nonunion of (false flail joint)6050Fibrous union of5040Recurrent dislocation of at scapulohumeral joint.With frequent episodes and guarding of all arm movements3020With infrequent episodes, and guarding of movement only at shoulder level2020Malunion of:Marked deformity3020Moderate deformity20205203 Clavicle or scapula, impairment of:Dislocation of2020Nonunion of:With loose movement2020Without loose movement1010Malunion of1010Or rate on impairment of function of contiguous joint.

5003 would be arthritis, and there is also a rating for loss of range of motion.

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