ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M54.15

Radiculopathy, thoracolumbar region

Diagnosis Code M54.15

ICD-10: M54.15
Short Description: Radiculopathy, thoracolumbar region
Long Description: Radiculopathy, thoracolumbar region
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M54.15

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Dorsalgia (M54)

Information for Patients

Back Pain

Also called: Backache, Lumbago

If you've ever groaned, "Oh, my aching back!", you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.

Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse.

If your back pain is severe or doesn't improve after three days, you should call your health care provider. You should also get medical attention if you have back pain following an injury.

Treatment for back pain depends on what kind of pain you have, and what is causing it. It may include hot or cold packs, exercise, medicines, injections, complementary treatments, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Back pain - returning to work
  • Back pain - when you see the doctor
  • Back pain and sports
  • Chiropractic care for back pain
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for back pain
  • Low back pain - acute
  • Low back pain - chronic
  • MRI and low back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain - aftercare
  • Taking care of your back at home
  • Taking narcotics for back pain

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Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Also called: Neuritis, Peripheral neuritis, Peripheral neuropathy

Your peripheral nerves are the ones outside your brain and spinal cord. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral nerve disorders distort or interrupt the messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

There are more than 100 kinds of peripheral nerve disorders. They can affect one nerve or many nerves. Some are the result of other diseases, like diabetic nerve problems. Others, like Guillain-Barre syndrome, happen after a virus infection. Still others are from nerve compression, like carpal tunnel syndrome or thoracic outlet syndrome. In some cases, like complex regional pain syndrome and brachial plexus injuries, the problem begins after an injury. Some people are born with peripheral nerve disorders.

Symptoms often start gradually, and then get worse. They include

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Burning or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity to touch

Treatment aims to treat any underlying problem, reduce pain and control symptoms.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • Axillary nerve dysfunction
  • Chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy
  • Common peroneal nerve dysfunction
  • Distal median nerve dysfunction
  • Femoral nerve dysfunction
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Metabolic neuropathies
  • Mononeuritis multiplex
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuropathy secondary to drugs
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Radial nerve dysfunction
  • Sensorimotor polyneuropathy
  • Tibial nerve dysfunction
  • Ulnar nerve dysfunction

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