ICD-10-CM Code M48.06

Spinal stenosis, lumbar region

Version 2020 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code Orthopedics

Not Valid for Submission

M48.06 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, lumbar region. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The code is commonly used in orthopedics medical specialties to specify clinical concepts such as spinal stenosis of the lumbar region.

ICD-10:M48.06
Short Description:Spinal stenosis, lumbar region
Long Description:Spinal stenosis, lumbar region

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

  • M48.061 - Spinal stenosis, lumbar region without neurogenic claudication
  • M48.062 - Spinal stenosis, lumbar region with neurogenic claudication

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • M48.061 - Spinal stenosis, lumbar region without neurogenic claud
  • M48.062 - Spinal stenosis, lumbar region with neurogenic claudication

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 - Code Deleted, 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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