ICD-10-CM Code M42

Spinal osteochondrosis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M42 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of spinal osteochondrosis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M42
Short Description:Spinal osteochondrosis
Long Description:Spinal osteochondrosis

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • M42.0 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine
  • M42.00 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, site unspecified
  • M42.01 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M42.02 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, cervical region
  • M42.03 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, cervicothoracic region
  • M42.04 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, thoracic region
  • M42.05 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, thoracolumbar region
  • M42.06 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, lumbar region
  • M42.07 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, lumbosacral region
  • M42.08 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M42.09 - Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine, multiple sites in spine
  • M42.1 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine
  • M42.10 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, site unspecified
  • M42.11 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M42.12 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, cervical region
  • M42.13 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, cervicothoracic region
  • M42.14 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, thoracic region
  • M42.15 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, thoracolumbar region
  • M42.16 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, lumbar region
  • M42.17 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, lumbosacral region
  • M42.18 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M42.19 - Adult osteochondrosis of spine, multiple sites in spine
  • M42.9 - ... unspecified

Clinical Information

  • SPINAL OSTEOCHONDROSIS-. a bone disorder involving ossification centers epiphyses of the vertebral column.

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Deforming dorsopathies (M40-M43)
      • Spinal osteochondrosis (M42)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

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.


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