ICD-10-CM Code M51.4

Schmorl's nodes

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M51.4 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of schmorl's nodes. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M51.4
Short Description:Schmorl's nodes
Long Description:Schmorl's nodes

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

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Thoracic, thoracolum, and lumbosacral intvrt disc disorders (M51)

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


Herniated Disk

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. As you age, the disks break down or degenerate. As they do, they lose their cushioning ability. This can lead to pain if the back is stressed.

A herniated disk is a disk that ruptures. This allows the jelly-like center of the disk to leak, irritating the nearby nerves. This can cause sciatica or back pain.

Your doctor will diagnose a herniated disk with a physical exam and, sometimes, imaging tests. With treatment, most people recover. Treatments include rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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