L94 Osteochondrosis (ICD-10:M93.9)

January 25, 2024

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Osteochondrosis is a condition that affects the growth of bones in children and adolescents. It occurs when the blood supply to a bone is disrupted, leading to the death of bone tissue. This can result in pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of osteochondrosis, including its symptoms, causes, diagnostic steps, possible interventions, and lifestyle interventions.


– ICPC-2 Code: L94 Osteochondrosis
– ICD-10 Code: M93.9 Osteochondropathy, unspecified


  • Joint pain: Patients may experience pain in the affected joint, which can be mild to severe.
  • Stiffness: Stiffness in the affected joint, especially after periods of rest or inactivity.
  • Limited range of motion: Difficulty moving the affected joint fully.
  • Swelling: Swelling and tenderness around the affected joint.
  • Muscle weakness: Weakness in the muscles surrounding the affected joint.
  • Joint instability: The affected joint may feel unstable or give way.


  • Trauma: Injury to the affected joint can disrupt the blood supply and lead to osteochondrosis.
  • Overuse: Repetitive stress or overuse of a joint can also contribute to the development of osteochondrosis.
  • Genetics: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing osteochondrosis.
  • Hormonal factors: Hormonal imbalances during growth spurts can increase the risk of osteochondrosis.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the patient’s symptoms, including the location and duration of joint pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion.
  • Ask about any previous injuries or trauma to the affected joint.
  • Inquire about any family history of osteochondrosis or other bone disorders.
  • Assess the patient’s growth and development, as osteochondrosis commonly occurs during periods of rapid growth.

Physical Examination

  • Perform a thorough physical examination of the affected joint, assessing for swelling, tenderness, and range of motion.
  • Look for any signs of joint instability or muscle weakness.
  • Palpate the joint to identify any areas of tenderness or bony abnormalities.

Laboratory Tests

  • Blood tests: These may be done to rule out other conditions and assess for any underlying systemic diseases that may be contributing to osteochondrosis.
  • Joint fluid analysis: If there is significant joint swelling, a sample of the joint fluid may be taken and analyzed for signs of inflammation or infection.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • X-rays: X-rays can help visualize the affected joint and identify any bony abnormalities or changes in bone density.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): MRI can provide detailed images of the affected joint, including the bone, cartilage, and surrounding soft tissues.
  • CT scan (Computed Tomography): CT scans may be used to obtain more detailed images of the affected joint, particularly if there is suspicion of bony abnormalities.

Other Tests

  • Bone scan: A bone scan may be performed to assess the blood flow and metabolism in the affected bone.
  • Arthroscopy: In some cases, an arthroscopy may be performed to directly visualize the joint and assess the extent of the damage.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor the progression of the condition and assess the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Provide education to the patient and their family about the condition, including the importance of rest, physical therapy, and pain management strategies.
  • Encourage the patient to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, to support overall bone health.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for Osteochondrosis:

  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.
    • Drug interactions: Blood thinners, corticosteroids.
    • Warning: Prolonged use can increase the risk of cardiovascular events.
  2. Analgesics (e.g., Acetaminophen):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $3-$10/month.
    • Contraindications: Liver disease, alcoholism.
    • Side effects: Rare at therapeutic doses.
    • Severe side effects: Liver damage (with high doses or chronic use).
    • Drug interactions: Alcohol, other medications containing acetaminophen.
    • Warning: Avoid exceeding the recommended dose 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: Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while taking muscle relaxants.
  4. Corticosteroids (e.g., Prednisone, Methylprednisolone):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Active infections, uncontrolled diabetes.
    • Side effects: Increased appetite, weight gain, mood changes.
    • Severe side effects: Osteoporosis, adrenal suppression.
    • Drug interactions: NSAIDs, anticoagulants.
    • Warning: Prolonged use can lead to dependency and withdrawal symptoms.
  5. Physical therapy:
    • Cost: Varies depending on insurance coverage and location.
    • Contraindications: None.
    • Side effects: Temporary increase in pain or discomfort during therapy.
    • Severe side effects: Rare, but may include muscle strains or tears.
    • Drug interactions: None.
    • Warning: Compliance with the prescribed exercises and therapy sessions is crucial for optimal results.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Glucosamine and chondroitin: These supplements may help improve joint health and reduce pain. Cost: $10-$30/month.
  • Calcium and vitamin D: These supplements can support bone health and aid in the healing process. Cost: $5-$20/month.
  • Topical analgesics: Creams or gels containing menthol or capsaicin can provide temporary pain relief. Cost: $5-$20 per tube.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Osteotomy: In some cases, a surgical procedure called osteotomy may be performed to realign the bones and relieve pressure on the affected joint. Cost: $10,000 to $30,000.
  • Arthroscopy: Arthroscopy may be used to remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage from the joint. Cost: $5,000 to $15,000.

Alternative Interventions

  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help improve joint mobility, strengthen muscles, and reduce pain. Cost: $50-$150 per session.
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture may help reduce pain and improve blood flow to the affected joint. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractic adjustments can help improve joint alignment and reduce pain. Cost: $50-$200 per session.
  • Massage therapy: Massage therapy can help relax muscles, improve circulation, and reduce pain. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Herbal supplements: Some herbal supplements, such as turmeric or ginger, may have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to reduce pain. Cost: Varies depending on the specific supplement.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Rest and activity modification: Resting the affected joint and avoiding activities that worsen symptoms can help reduce pain and promote healing.
  • Weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce stress on the joints and improve overall joint health.
  • Low-impact exercise: Engaging in low-impact exercises, such as swimming or cycling, can help improve joint mobility and strengthen surrounding muscles.
  • Heat and cold therapy: Applying heat or cold packs to the affected joint can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Proper nutrition: Consuming a balanced diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients can support bone health and aid in the healing process.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized treatment options and cost estimates.

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Video instructions for using Mirari Cold Plasma Device – L94 Osteochondrosis (ICD-10:M93.9)

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Step 4: Monitor and Assess:

  • Keep track of your progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the Mirari device in managing your Osteochondrosis. 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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