ICD-10-CM Code M50.8

Other cervical disc disorders

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M50.8 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other cervical disc disorders. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Other cervical disc disorders
Long Description:Other cervical disc disorders

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

  • M50.80 - ... unspecified cervical region
  • M50.81 - ... high cervical region
  • M50.82 - ... mid-cervical region
  • M50.820 - ... mid-cervical region, unspecified level
  • M50.821 - Other cervical disc disorders at C4-C5 level
  • M50.822 - Other cervical disc disorders at C5-C6 level
  • M50.823 - Other cervical disc disorders at C6-C7 level
  • M50.83 - ... 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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