ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M53.9

Dorsopathy, unspecified

Diagnosis Code M53.9

ICD-10: M53.9
Short Description: Dorsopathy, unspecified
Long Description: Dorsopathy, unspecified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M53.9

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M53.9 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Back problem
  • Disorder of back
  • Disorder of joint of spine
  • Disorder of lumbar spine
  • Disorder of sacrococcygeal spine
  • Disorder of spinal region
  • Disorder of thoracic spine
  • Disorder of vertebral column
  • Intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy
  • Lesion of vertebra
  • On examination - cervical spine abnormal
  • On examination - reduced movement of spine
  • Vertebral column syndromes

Information for Patients

Back Injuries

Your back is made of bones, muscles, and other tissues extending from your neck to your pelvis. Back injuries can result from sports injuries, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident. The lower back is the most common site of back injuries and back pain. Common back injuries include

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated disks
  • Fractured vertebrae

These injuries can cause pain and limit your movement. Treatments vary but might include medicines, icing, bed rest, physical therapy, or surgery. You might be able to prevent some back injuries by maintaining a healthy weight, lifting objects with your legs, and using lower-back support when you sit.

  • Back pain - returning to work
  • Back pain and sports
  • Lifting and bending the right way
  • Returning to sports after a back injury

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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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