If you watched the Olympics in the summer of 2016 and especially Michael Phelps, you may be aware of a procedure that he and some of the other swimmers had performed on them called Cupping Therapy. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Cupping therapy helps with pain, inflammation, blood flow, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
If a therapist performs cupping therapy as part of a physical therapy plan of care, what CPT code should this be billed under? Is manual therapy the appropriate code or is it considered a type of massage? According to the American Medical Association (AMA), the correct CPT code to bill is
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