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Paraffin Bath Modality (CPT code 97018)

Paraffin bath, also known as hot wax treatment, is primarily used for pain relief in chronic joint problems of the wrists, hands, and feet.

Specific indications for the use of paraffin baths include:

- the patient has a contracture as a result of rheumatoid arthritis;

- the patient has a contracture as a result of scleroderma;

- the patient has acute synovitis;

- the patient has post-traumatic conditions;

- the patient has hypertrophic scarring;

- the patient has degenerative joint disease;

- the patient has osteoarthritis;

- the patient has post-surgical conditions or tendon repairs; or

- the patient who is status post sprains or strains.

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