2022 ICD-10-CM Code M48

Other spondylopathies

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:M48
Short Description:Other spondylopathies
Long Description:Other spondylopathies

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Spondylopathies (M45-M49)
      • Other spondylopathies (M48)

M48 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other spondylopathies. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Other spondylopathies

Non-specific codes like M48 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for other spondylopathies:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.0 for Spinal stenosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.00 for Spinal stenosis, site unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.01 for Spinal stenosis, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.02 for Spinal stenosis, cervical region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.03 for Spinal stenosis, cervicothoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.04 for Spinal stenosis, thoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.05 for Spinal stenosis, thoracolumbar region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.06 for Spinal stenosis, lumbar region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.07 for Spinal stenosis, lumbosacral region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.08 for Spinal stenosis, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.1 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier]
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.10 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], site unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.11 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.12 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], cervical region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.13 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], cervicothoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.14 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], thoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.15 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], thoracolumbar region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.16 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], lumbar region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.17 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], lumbosacral region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.18 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.19 for Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], multiple sites in spine
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.2 for Kissing spine
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.20 for Kissing spine, site unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.21 for Kissing spine, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.22 for Kissing spine, cervical region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.23 for Kissing spine, cervicothoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.24 for Kissing spine, thoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.25 for Kissing spine, thoracolumbar region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.26 for Kissing spine, lumbar region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.27 for Kissing spine, lumbosacral region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.3 for Traumatic spondylopathy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.30 for Traumatic spondylopathy, site unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.31 for Traumatic spondylopathy, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.32 for Traumatic spondylopathy, cervical region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.33 for Traumatic spondylopathy, cervicothoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.34 for Traumatic spondylopathy, thoracic region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.35 for Traumatic spondylopathy, thoracolumbar region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.36 for Traumatic spondylopathy, lumbar region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.37 for Traumatic spondylopathy, lumbosacral region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.38 for Traumatic spondylopathy, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.4 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.40 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, site unspecified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.41 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.42 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervical region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.43 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervicothoracic region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.44 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracic region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.45 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracolumbar region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.46 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbar region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.47 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbosacral region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.48 for Fatigue fracture of vertebra, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.5 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.50 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, site unspecified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.51 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.52 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervical region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.53 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervicothoracic region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.54 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracic region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.55 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracolumbar region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.56 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbar region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.57 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbosacral region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.58 for Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.8 for Other specified spondylopathies
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M48.8X for Other specified spondylopathies
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.9 for Spondylopathy, unspecified

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

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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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)