ICD-10-CM Code M48.8X2

Other specified spondylopathies, cervical region

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

M48.8X2 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other specified spondylopathies, cervical region. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code M48.8X2 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like arthropathy of cervical spine facet joint, calcification of ligament, calcification of ligament, cervical posterior longitudinal ligament ossification, heterotopic ossification of joint, heterotopic ossification of joint, etc

Short Description:Other specified spondylopathies, cervical region
Long Description:Other specified spondylopathies, cervical region


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Arthropathy of cervical spine facet joint
  • Calcification of ligament
  • Calcification of ligament
  • Cervical posterior longitudinal ligament ossification
  • Heterotopic ossification of joint
  • Heterotopic ossification of joint
  • Ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament
  • Ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament
  • Ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament in cervical region
  • Ossification of spinal ligament
  • Ossification of spinal ligament

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code M48.8X2 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert M48.8X2 to ICD-9

  • 720.0 - Ankylosing spondylitis (Approximate Flag)

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

Neck Injuries and Disorders

Any part of your neck - muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves - can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

Treatment depends on the cause, but may include applying ice, taking pain relievers, getting physical therapy or wearing a cervical collar. You rarely need surgery.

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