2021 ICD-10-CM Code M50.92

Cervical disc disorder, unspecified, mid-cervical region

Version 2021
Replaced Code
Non-Billable Code
Unspecified Code
Orthopedics

Not Valid for Submission

M50.92 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of cervical disc disorder, unspecified, mid-cervical region. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

The code is commonly used in orthopedics medical specialties to specify clinical concepts such as cervical spine disorders and displacement.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like M50.92 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:M50.92
Short Description:Cervical disc disorder, unspecified, mid-cervical region
Long Description:Cervical disc disorder, unspecified, mid-cervical region

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Cervical disc disorder, unspecified, mid-cervical region

Header codes like M50.92 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 cervical disc disorder, unspecified, mid-cervical region:

  • M50.920 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder, mid-cervical region, unspecified level
  • M50.921 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level
  • M50.922 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level
  • M50.923 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2021 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, 2020. This code was replaced for the FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021).


  • M50.920 - Unsp cervical disc disorder, mid-cervical region, unsp level
  • M50.920 - Unsp cervical disc disorder, mid-cervical region, unsp level
  • M50.921 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level
  • M50.921 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level
  • M50.922 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level
  • M50.922 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level
  • M50.923 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level
  • M50.923 - Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level

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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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)