M48.0 - Spinal stenosis

Version 2023
Short Description:Spinal stenosis
Long Description:Spinal stenosis
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Spondylopathies (M45-M49)
      • Other spondylopathies (M48)

M48.0 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of spinal stenosis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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.

Clinical Information

Specific Coding for Spinal stenosis

Non-specific codes like M48.0 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 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 M48.061 for Spinal stenosis, lumbar region without neurogenic claudication
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.062 for Spinal stenosis, lumbar region with neurogenic claudication
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.07 for Spinal stenosis, lumbosacral region
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M48.08 for Spinal stenosis, sacral and sacrococcygeal region

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Inclusion Terms

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Patient Education

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:

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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Code History