ICD-10-CM Code M50.0

Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M50.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of cervical disc disorder with myelopathy. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M50.0
Short Description:Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy
Long Description:Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy

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

  • M50.00 - ... unspecified cervical region
  • M50.01 - ... high cervical region
  • M50.02 - ... mid-cervical region
  • M50.020 - ... mid-cervical region, unspecified level
  • M50.021 - Cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level with myelopathy
  • M50.022 - Cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level with myelopathy
  • M50.023 - Cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level with myelopathy
  • M50.03 - ... cervicothoracic region

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Cervical disc disorders (M50)

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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Spinal Cord Diseases

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. It is protected by your vertebrae, which are the bone disks that make up your spine. If you have an accident that damages the vertebrae or other parts of the spine, this can also injure the spinal cord. Other spinal cord problems include

  • Tumors
  • Infections such as meningitis and polio
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Degenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy

Symptoms vary but might include pain, numbness, loss of sensation and muscle weakness. These symptoms can occur around the spinal cord, and also in other areas such as your arms and legs. Treatments often include medicines and surgery.


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