10 musculoskeletal CPT codes used most in 2021

A drain or injection in a major joint or bursa without an ultrasound is the musculoskeletal procedure with the highest volume in 2021, according to claims data in a June report from Definitive Healthcare. 

Here are the top 10 musculoskeletal procedures with the highest volumes in 2021, followed by total number of procedures:

  1. Drain/injection major joint/bursa without ultrasound: 5,020,496
  2. Injection tendon sheath/ligament: 973,442
  3. Drain/injection joint/bursa with ultrasound: 908,671
  4. Total knee arthroplasty: 600,266
  5. Inject trigger points on three or more muscles: 533,225
  6. Drain/injection intermediate joint/bursa without ultrasound: 467,369
  7. Apply forearm splint: 449,507
  8. Injection trigger point 1/2 muscle: 400,125
  9. Drain/injection small joint/bursa without ultrasound: 393,756
  10. Apply multilayer compression system lower leg: 379,581

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