ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M51.06

Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, lumbar region

Diagnosis Code M51.06

ICD-10: M51.06
Short Description: Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, lumbar region
Long Description: Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, lumbar region
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M51.06

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Thoracic, thoracolum, and lumbosacral intvrt disc disorders (M51)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M51.06 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • 722.73 - Lumb disc dis w myelopat

  • Disc disorder with myelopathy
  • Intervertebral disc disorder of lumbar region with myelopathy
  • Intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy
  • Lumbar disc disorder with myelopathy
  • Lumbar disc prolapse with myelopathy
  • Prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc

Information for Patients

Spinal Cord Diseases

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. It is protected by your vertebrae, which are the bone disks that make up your spine. If you have an accident that damages the vertebrae or other parts of the spine, this can also injure the spinal cord. Other spinal cord problems include

  • Tumors
  • Infections such as meningitis and polio
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Degenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy

Symptoms vary but might include pain, numbness, loss of sensation and muscle weakness. These symptoms can occur around the spinal cord, and also in other areas such as your arms and legs. Treatments often include medicines and surgery.

  • Epidural abscess
  • Spinal cord abscess
  • Spinal tumor
  • Subacute combined degeneration
  • Syphilitic myelopathy

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Spine Injuries and Disorders

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Tumors
  • Conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and scoliosis
  • Bone changes that come with age, such as spinal stenosis and herniated disks

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery.

  • Compression fractures of the back
  • Foraminotomy
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Lordosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spine surgery - discharge
  • Spondylolisthesis

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