ICD-10-CM Code M48.0

Spinal stenosis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M48.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of spinal stenosis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M48.0
Short Description:Spinal stenosis
Long Description:Spinal stenosis

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

  • M48.00 - ... site unspecified
  • M48.01 - ... occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M48.02 - ... cervical region
  • M48.03 - ... cervicothoracic region
  • M48.04 - ... thoracic region
  • M48.05 - ... thoracolumbar region
  • M48.06 - ... lumbar region
  • M48.061 - ... lumbar region without neurogenic claudication
  • M48.062 - ... lumbar region with neurogenic claudication
  • M48.07 - ... lumbosacral region
  • M48.08 - ... sacral and sacrococcygeal region

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code M48.0:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Caudal stenosis

Clinical Information

  • SPINAL STENOSIS-. narrowing of the spinal canal.

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


Spinal Stenosis

Your spine, or backbone, protects your spinal cord and allows you to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in your spine. The narrowing puts pressure on your nerves and spinal cord and can cause pain.

Spinal stenosis occurs mostly in people older than 50. Younger people with a spine injury or a narrow spinal canal are also at risk. Diseases such as arthritis and scoliosis can cause spinal stenosis, too. Symptoms might appear gradually or not at all. They include

  • Pain in your neck or back
  • Numbness, weakness, cramping, or pain in your arms or legs
  • Pain going down the leg
  • Foot problems

Doctors diagnose spinal stenosis with a physical exam and imaging tests. Treatments include medications, physical therapy, braces, and surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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