ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M53

Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified

Diagnosis Code M53

ICD-10: M53
Short Description: Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified
Long Description: Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M53

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Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified (M53)

Information for Patients


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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