ICD-10 Code M42.12

Adult osteochondrosis of spine, cervical region

Diagnosis Code M42.12

ICD-10: M42.12
Short Description: Adult osteochondrosis of spine, cervical region
Long Description: Adult osteochondrosis of spine, cervical region
Version 2019 of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M42.12

Valid for Submission
The code M42.12 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Deforming dorsopathies (M40-M43)
      • Spinal osteochondrosis (M42)
Version 2019 Billable Code Adult Diagnoses

Information for Medical Professionals


Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Adult diagnoses - Adult. Age range is 15–124 years inclusive (e.g., senile delirium, mature cataract).

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M42.12 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)

  • 553 - BONE DISEASES AND ARTHROPATHIES WITH MCC
  • 554 - BONE DISEASES AND ARTHROPATHIES WITHOUT MCC

Convert to ICD-9
  • 732.8 - Osteochondropathy NEC (Approximate Flag)

Index to Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code M42.12 in the Index to Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


Neck Injuries and Disorders

Any part of your neck - muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves - can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

Treatment depends on the cause, but may include applying ice, taking pain relievers, getting physical therapy or wearing a cervical collar. You rarely need surgery.

  • Cervical MRI scan (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Cervical spine CT scan (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Cervical spondylosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neck lump (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neck pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neck pain or spasms -- self care (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neck x-ray (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Spinal fusion (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Torticollis (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.

Present on Admission
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