ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M54.8

Other dorsalgia

Diagnosis Code M54.8

ICD-10: M54.8
Short Description: Other dorsalgia
Long Description: Other dorsalgia
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M54.8

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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