L81 Injury musculoskeletal NOS (ICD-10:T14.9)

January 25, 2024

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Injury musculoskeletal NOS refers to a non-specific musculoskeletal injury that does not fit into any specific category. It can include various types of injuries to the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or joints. The aim of this guide is to provide a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and possible interventions for this condition.


– ICPC-2 Code: L81 Injury musculoskeletal NOS
– ICD-10 Code: T14.9 Injury, unspecified


  • Pain: Patients may experience localized or generalized pain in the affected area.
  • Swelling: Swelling may be present around the injured area.
  • Limited range of motion: Patients may have difficulty moving the affected body part.
  • Bruising: Bruising may occur due to blood vessel damage.
  • Tenderness: The injured area may be tender to touch.


  • Trauma: Injuries can occur due to accidents, falls, or direct blows to the body.
  • Overuse: Repetitive motions or excessive strain on the muscles or joints can lead to injury.
  • Poor posture: Incorrect posture can put stress on the musculoskeletal system and lead to injury.
  • Weak muscles: Weak muscles may not provide adequate support, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Aging: The risk of musculoskeletal injuries increases with age due to natural wear and tear on the body.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the patient’s symptoms, including the location, duration, and severity of pain.
  • Inquire about any recent trauma or activities that may have caused the injury.
  • Ask about any previous musculoskeletal injuries or conditions.
  • Assess the patient’s medical history, including any underlying medical conditions or medications that may affect healing.

Physical Examination

  • Perform a thorough physical examination of the affected area, assessing for swelling, tenderness, bruising, and range of motion.
  • Palpate the area to identify any specific points of tenderness or deformities.
  • Evaluate the patient’s posture and alignment to identify any contributing factors.
  • Assess muscle strength and flexibility to determine if weakness or imbalances are present.

Laboratory Tests

  • Blood tests: May be ordered to rule out underlying medical conditions or to assess markers of inflammation or infection.
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP): Elevated levels may indicate inflammation.
  • Complete blood count (CBC): Abnormalities may suggest infection or anemia.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • X-rays: Can provide detailed images of bones and detect fractures or dislocations.
  • Ultrasound: Useful for evaluating soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Provides detailed images of soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: Useful for assessing complex fractures or evaluating bony structures in detail.

Other Tests

  • Electromyography (EMG): Measures electrical activity in muscles to assess nerve function.
  • Arthroscopy: Invasive procedure that uses a small camera to visualize and diagnose joint injuries.
  • Biopsy: Rarely performed, but may be necessary to evaluate suspicious or abnormal tissue.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Provide appropriate treatment options based on the diagnosis.
  • Educate the patient about the importance of rest, proper nutrition, and rehabilitation exercises.
  • Discuss the expected timeline for recovery and any potential complications.
  • Schedule follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust treatment as needed.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for Injury musculoskeletal NOS:

  1. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (e.g., Ibuprofen, Naproxen):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $3-$20/month.
    • Contraindications: History of gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney disease.
    • Side effects: Upset stomach, heartburn, dizziness.
    • Severe side effects: Stomach ulcers, kidney damage, allergic reactions.
    • Drug interactions: Blood thinners, certain antidepressants.
    • Warning: Prolonged use may increase the risk of cardiovascular events.
  2. Acetaminophen:
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $3-$10/month.
    • Contraindications: Liver disease, alcoholism.
    • Side effects: Rare at recommended doses.
    • Severe side effects: Liver damage (with excessive use).
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Avoid excessive use to prevent liver damage.
  3. Muscle relaxants (e.g., Cyclobenzaprine, Methocarbamol):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$30/month.
    • Contraindications: Glaucoma, urinary retention.
    • Side effects: Drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth.
    • Severe side effects: Allergic reactions, liver toxicity.
    • Drug interactions: Sedatives, alcohol.
    • Warning: May cause drowsiness, avoid driving or operating machinery.
  4. Topical analgesics (e.g., Lidocaine patches, Capsaicin cream):
    • Cost: Lidocaine patches can be $10-$20/patch. Capsaicin cream can be $10-$20/tube.
    • Contraindications: Allergy to local anesthetics (for lidocaine patches).
    • Side effects: Skin irritation, burning sensation.
    • Severe side effects: Allergic reactions.
    • Drug interactions: None significant.
    • Warning: Avoid contact with eyes or broken skin.
  5. Corticosteroids (e.g., Prednisone, Methylprednisolone):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$30/month.
    • Contraindications: Active infections, uncontrolled diabetes.
    • Side effects: Increased appetite, weight gain, mood changes.
    • Severe side effects: Osteoporosis, adrenal suppression.
    • Drug interactions: NSAIDs, certain antibiotics.
    • Warning: Prolonged use may require gradual tapering to avoid adrenal insufficiency.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Opioids (e.g., Oxycodone, Hydrocodone): Reserved for severe pain not responding to other treatments. Cost: Varies depending on the specific medication and dosage.
  • Antidepressants (e.g., Amitriptyline, Duloxetine): Can help with chronic pain management. Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
  • Anticonvulsants (e.g., Gabapentin, Pregabalin): May be effective for neuropathic pain. Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
  • Topical NSAIDs (e.g., Diclofenac gel): Can provide localized pain relief. Cost: $10-$30/tube.
  • Antispasmodics (e.g., Baclofen, Tizanidine): May help with muscle spasms. Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$30/month.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Surgery may be considered for severe injuries or cases that do not respond to conservative treatment.
  • The specific surgical procedure will depend on the nature and location of the injury.
  • Costs can vary significantly depending on the procedure and location, ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

Alternative Interventions

  • Physical therapy: Helps improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Cost: $50-$150 per session.
  • Chiropractic care: Manipulation of the spine and joints to relieve pain and improve function. Cost: $50-$200 per session.
  • Massage therapy: Can help reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation. Cost: $50-$150 per session.
  • Acupuncture: May help relieve pain and promote healing. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Herbal supplements: Some herbs, such as Arnica and Turmeric, may have anti-inflammatory properties. Cost: Varies depending on the specific supplement.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Rest and immobilization: Allowing the injured area to rest and heal is crucial for recovery.
  • Heat or cold therapy: Applying heat or cold packs can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical activity modification: Avoiding activities that exacerbate the injury can aid in healing.
  • Proper nutrition: Consuming a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports tissue repair.
  • Weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight reduces stress on the musculoskeletal system.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions.

Mirari Cold Plasma Alternative Intervention

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Video instructions for using Mirari Cold Plasma Device – L81 Injury musculoskeletal NOS (ICD-10:T14.9)

Mode setting: 2 (Wound Healing)
Location: 0 (Localized)
Morning: 15 minutes,
Evening: 15 minutes
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Lunch: 30 minutes,
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Mode setting: 9 (Arthritis)
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Evening: 30 minutes
Mode setting: 9 (Arthritis)
Location: 0 (Localized)
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Evening: 60 minutes approx. $10 USD,
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Lunch: 60 minutes approx. $10 USD,
Evening: 60 minutes approx. $10 USD,
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Use the Mirari Cold Plasma device to treat Injury musculoskeletal NOS effectively.


Step 1: Cleanse the Skin

  • Start by cleaning the affected area of the skin with a gentle cleanser or mild soap and water. Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel.

Step 2: Prepare the Mirari Cold Plasma device

  • Ensure that the Mirari Cold Plasma device is fully charged or has fresh batteries as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the device is clean and in good working condition.
  • Switch on the Mirari device using the power button or by following the specific instructions provided with the device.
  • Some Mirari devices may have adjustable settings for intensity or treatment duration. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to select the appropriate settings based on your needs and the recommended guidelines.

Step 3: Apply the Device

  • Place the Mirari device in direct contact with the affected area of the skin. Gently glide or hold the device over the skin surface, ensuring even coverage of the area experiencing.
  • Slowly move the Mirari device in a circular motion or follow a specific pattern as indicated in the user manual. This helps ensure thorough treatment coverage.

Step 4: Monitor and Assess:

  • Keep track of your progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the Mirari device in managing your Injury musculoskeletal NOS. If you have any concerns or notice any adverse reactions, consult with your health care professional.


This guide is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional for personal advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not solely rely on the information presented here for decisions about your health. Use of this information is at your own risk. The authors of this guide, nor any associated entities or platforms, are not responsible for any potential adverse effects or outcomes based on the content.

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