CPT 97018 (Paraffin bath) is, also known as hot wax treatment, is primarily used for pain relief in chronic joint problems of the wrists, hands, and feet.
97018 CPT Code Description
Application of a modality to one or more areas; paraffin bath.
Coding Guidelines For CPT 97018
Underneath the indications and modifier for CPT 97018.
Indications For CPT 97018
Specific indications for the use of CPT 97018 include:
the patient who is status post sprains or strains;
the patient has post-surgical conditions or tendon repairs;
the patient has osteoarthritis;
the patient has degenerative joint disease;
the patient has hypertrophic scarring;
the patient has post-traumatic conditions;
the patient has acute synovitis;
the patient has a contracture as a result of scleroderma, or;
the patient has a contracture as a result of rheumatoid arthritis.
Does CPT 97018 Need A Modifier?
Yes, CPT 97018 requires Modifier 59 to enable the codes to be billed individually on the same day.