ICD-10-CM Code M54.10

Radiculopathy, site unspecified

Version 2020 Billable Code Orthopedics

Valid for Submission

M54.10 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of radiculopathy, site unspecified. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code M54.10 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like bilateral brachial plexopathy of upper limbs, brachial neuritis, brachial neuritis of bilateral upper limbs, brachial plexopathy of left upper limb, brachial plexopathy of right upper limb, brachial radiculitis, etc

The code is commonly used in orthopedics medical specialties to specify clinical concepts such as radiculopathy (primary).

Short Description:Radiculopathy, site unspecified
Long Description:Radiculopathy, site unspecified

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code M54.10 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Bilateral brachial plexopathy of upper limbs
  • Brachial neuritis
  • Brachial neuritis of bilateral upper limbs
  • Brachial plexopathy of left upper limb
  • Brachial plexopathy of right upper limb
  • Brachial radiculitis
  • Disc prolapse with radiculopathy
  • Disorder of peripheral nervous system co-occurrent with human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • Neuritis AND/OR radiculitis due to displacement of intervertebral disc
  • Neuritis AND/OR radiculitis due to rupture of intervertebral disc
  • Neuritis associated with AIDS
  • Neuritis co-occurrent with human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • Radicular pain
  • Radicular syndrome of lower limbs
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculitis associated with AIDS
  • Radiculitis co-occurrent with human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • Root irritation of non-organic origin

Convert M54.10 to ICD-9

  • 729.2 - Neuralgia/neuritis NOS (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)

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

Back Pain

If you've ever groaned, "Oh, my aching back!", you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.

Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse.

If your back pain is severe or doesn't improve after three days, you should call your health care provider. You should also get medical attention if you have back pain following an injury.

Treatment for back pain depends on what kind of pain you have, and what is causing it. It may include hot or cold packs, exercise, medicines, injections, complementary treatments, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Your peripheral nerves are the ones outside your brain and spinal cord. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral nerve disorders distort or interrupt the messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

There are more than 100 kinds of peripheral nerve disorders. They can affect one nerve or many nerves. Some are the result of other diseases, like diabetic nerve problems. Others, like Guillain-Barre syndrome, happen after a virus infection. Still others are from nerve compression, like carpal tunnel syndrome or thoracic outlet syndrome. In some cases, like complex regional pain syndrome and brachial plexus injuries, the problem begins after an injury. Some people are born with peripheral nerve disorders.

Symptoms often start gradually, and then get worse. They include

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Burning or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity to touch

Treatment aims to treat any underlying problem, reduce pain and control symptoms.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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