ICD-10-CM Code M46.52

Other infective spondylopathies, cervical region

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

M46.52 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other infective spondylopathies, cervical region. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code M46.52 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like arthritis of facet joint of cervical spine, arthropathy of cervical spine facet joint, bacterial arthritis of atlantoaxial joint, bacterial arthritis of facet joint of cervical spine, bacterial arthritis of vertebral column, bacterial arthritis of vertebral column, etc

Short Description:Other infective spondylopathies, cervical region
Long Description:Other infective spondylopathies, cervical region

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code M46.52 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Arthritis of facet joint of cervical spine
  • Arthropathy of cervical spine facet joint
  • Bacterial arthritis of atlantoaxial joint
  • Bacterial arthritis of facet joint of cervical spine
  • Bacterial arthritis of vertebral column
  • Bacterial arthritis of vertebral column
  • Cervical arthritis
  • Cervical arthritis
  • Cervical spine joint inflamed
  • Cervical spine joint inflamed
  • Infection causing spondyloarthritis
  • Infection causing spondyloarthritis
  • Infection of cervical spine
  • Infection of cervical spine

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code M46.52 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert M46.52 to ICD-9

  • 720.89 - Inflam spondylopathy NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Spondylopathies (M45-M49)
      • Other inflammatory spondylopathies (M46)

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

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.

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