2021 ICD-10-CM Code M51.0

Thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M51.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy. 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.

ICD-10:M51.0
Short Description:Thoracic, thrclm and lumbosacr intvrt disc disord w myelpath
Long Description:Thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Thoracic, thrclm and lumbosacr intvrt disc disord w myelpath

Header codes like M51.0 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 thoracic, thrclm and lumbosacr intvrt disc disord w myelpath:

  • M51.04 - Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, thoracic region
  • M51.05 - Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, thoracolumbar region
  • M51.06 - Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, lumbar region

Information for Patients


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

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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Spine Injuries and Disorders

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and 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)