ICD-10-CM Code M48

Other spondylopathies

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M48 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other spondylopathies. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

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

  • M48.0 - Spinal stenosis
  • M48.00 - Spinal stenosis, site unspecified
  • M48.01 - Spinal stenosis, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.02 - Spinal stenosis, cervical region
  • M48.03 - Spinal stenosis, cervicothoracic region
  • M48.04 - Spinal stenosis, thoracic region
  • M48.05 - Spinal stenosis, thoracolumbar region
  • M48.06 - Spinal stenosis, lumbar region
  • M48.061 - Spinal stenosis, lumbar region without neurogenic claudication
  • M48.062 - Spinal stenosis, lumbar region with neurogenic claudication
  • M48.07 - Spinal stenosis, lumbosacral region
  • M48.08 - Spinal stenosis, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M48.1 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier]
  • M48.10 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], site unspecified
  • M48.11 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.12 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], cervical region
  • M48.13 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], cervicothoracic region
  • M48.14 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], thoracic region
  • M48.15 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], thoracolumbar region
  • M48.16 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], lumbar region
  • M48.17 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], lumbosacral region
  • M48.18 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M48.19 - Ankylosing hyperostosis [Forestier], multiple sites in spine
  • M48.2 - Kissing spine
  • M48.20 - Kissing spine, site unspecified
  • M48.21 - Kissing spine, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.22 - Kissing spine, cervical region
  • M48.23 - Kissing spine, cervicothoracic region
  • M48.24 - Kissing spine, thoracic region
  • M48.25 - Kissing spine, thoracolumbar region
  • M48.26 - Kissing spine, lumbar region
  • M48.27 - Kissing spine, lumbosacral region
  • M48.3 - Traumatic spondylopathy
  • M48.30 - Traumatic spondylopathy, site unspecified
  • M48.31 - Traumatic spondylopathy, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.32 - Traumatic spondylopathy, cervical region
  • M48.33 - Traumatic spondylopathy, cervicothoracic region
  • M48.34 - Traumatic spondylopathy, thoracic region
  • M48.35 - Traumatic spondylopathy, thoracolumbar region
  • M48.36 - Traumatic spondylopathy, lumbar region
  • M48.37 - Traumatic spondylopathy, lumbosacral region
  • M48.38 - Traumatic spondylopathy, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M48.4 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra
  • M48.40 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, site unspecified
  • M48.40XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, site unspecified, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.40XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, site unspecified, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.40XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, site unspecified, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.40XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, site unspecified, sequela of fracture
  • M48.41 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.41XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, occipito-atlanto-axial region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.41XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, occipito-atlanto-axial region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.41XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, occipito-atlanto-axial region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.41XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, occipito-atlanto-axial region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.42 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervical region
  • M48.42XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervical region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.42XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervical region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.42XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervical region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.42XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervical region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.43 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervicothoracic region
  • M48.43XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervicothoracic region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.43XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervicothoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.43XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervicothoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.43XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, cervicothoracic region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.44 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracic region
  • M48.44XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracic region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.44XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.44XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.44XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracic region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.45 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracolumbar region
  • M48.45XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracolumbar region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.45XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracolumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.45XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracolumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.45XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, thoracolumbar region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.46 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbar region
  • M48.46XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbar region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.46XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.46XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.46XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbar region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.47 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbosacral region
  • M48.47XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbosacral region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.47XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbosacral region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.47XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbosacral region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.47XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, lumbosacral region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.48 - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M48.48XA - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.48XD - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.48XG - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.48XS - Fatigue fracture of vertebra, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.5 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified
  • M48.50 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, site unspecified
  • M48.50XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, site unspecified, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.50XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, site unspecified, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.50XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, site unspecified, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.50XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, site unspecified, sequela of fracture
  • M48.51 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.51XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, occipito-atlanto-axial region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.51XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, occipito-atlanto-axial region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.51XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, occipito-atlanto-axial region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.51XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, occipito-atlanto-axial region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.52 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervical region
  • M48.52XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervical region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.52XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervical region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.52XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervical region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.52XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervical region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.53 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervicothoracic region
  • M48.53XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervicothoracic region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.53XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervicothoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.53XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervicothoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.53XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, cervicothoracic region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.54 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracic region
  • M48.54XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracic region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.54XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.54XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracic region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.54XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracic region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.55 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracolumbar region
  • M48.55XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracolumbar region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.55XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracolumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.55XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracolumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.55XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, thoracolumbar region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.56 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbar region
  • M48.56XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbar region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.56XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.56XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbar region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.56XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbar region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.57 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbosacral region
  • M48.57XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbosacral region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.57XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbosacral region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.57XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbosacral region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.57XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbosacral region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.58 - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M48.58XA - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, initial encounter for fracture
  • M48.58XD - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M48.58XG - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M48.58XS - Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, sacral and sacrococcygeal region, sequela of fracture
  • M48.8 - Other specified spondylopathies
  • M48.8X - Other specified spondylopathies
  • M48.8X1 - Other specified spondylopathies, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.8X2 - Other specified spondylopathies, cervical region
  • M48.8X3 - Other specified spondylopathies, cervicothoracic region
  • M48.8X4 - Other specified spondylopathies, thoracic region
  • M48.8X5 - Other specified spondylopathies, thoracolumbar region
  • M48.8X6 - Other specified spondylopathies, lumbar region
  • M48.8X7 - Other specified spondylopathies, lumbosacral region
  • M48.8X8 - Other specified spondylopathies, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M48.8X9 - Other specified spondylopathies, site unspecified
  • M48.9 - Spondylopathy, unspecified

Code Classification

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

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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