ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 722.6

Disc degeneration NOS

Diagnosis Code 722.6

ICD-9: 722.6
Short Description: Disc degeneration NOS
Long Description: Degeneration of intervertebral disc, site unspecified
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 722.6

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
    • Dorsopathies (720-724)
      • 722 Intervertebral disc disorders

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 722.6 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Degeneration, degenerative
      • intervertebral disc 722.6
        • with myelopathy 722.70
        • cervical, cervicothoracic 722.4
          • with myelopathy 722.71
        • lumbar, lumbosacral 722.52
          • with myelopathy 722.73
        • thoracic, thoracolumbar 722.51
          • with myelopathy 722.72

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
  • Halo brace
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Lordosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spine surgery - discharge
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine CT scan
  • Thoracic spine x-ray

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