ICD-10-CM Code M53

Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M53 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M53
Short Description:Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified
Long Description:Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified

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

  • M53.0 - Cervicocranial syndrome
  • M53.1 - Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • M53.2 - Spinal instabilities
  • M53.2X - Spinal instabilities
  • M53.2X1 - Spinal instabilities, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M53.2X2 - Spinal instabilities, cervical region
  • M53.2X3 - Spinal instabilities, cervicothoracic region
  • M53.2X4 - Spinal instabilities, thoracic region
  • M53.2X5 - Spinal instabilities, thoracolumbar region
  • M53.2X6 - Spinal instabilities, lumbar region
  • M53.2X7 - Spinal instabilities, lumbosacral region
  • M53.2X8 - Spinal instabilities, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M53.2X9 - Spinal instabilities, site unspecified
  • M53.3 - Sacrococcygeal disorders, not elsewhere classified
  • M53.8 - Other specified dorsopathies
  • M53.80 - Other specified dorsopathies, site unspecified
  • M53.81 - Other specified dorsopathies, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M53.82 - Other specified dorsopathies, cervical region
  • M53.83 - Other specified dorsopathies, cervicothoracic region
  • M53.84 - Other specified dorsopathies, thoracic region
  • M53.85 - Other specified dorsopathies, thoracolumbar region
  • M53.86 - Other specified dorsopathies, lumbar region
  • M53.87 - Other specified dorsopathies, lumbosacral region
  • M53.88 - Other specified dorsopathies, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M53.9 - Dorsopathy, unspecified

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified (M53)

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


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

  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Tumors
  • Conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and scoliosis
  • Bone changes that come with age, such as spinal stenosis and herniated disks

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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