CPT® code 97140: Manual therapy techniques, each 15 minutes


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A patient presents with two month history of pain in neck, shoulder, and upper back with soft tissue tightness and hypo-mobility in the cervical and upper thoracic spine. Direct one-on-one manual therapy services are provided.

Therapeutic, prophylactic, or diagnostic injection (specify substance or drug); subcutaneous or intramuscular.

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