ICD-10-CM Code M54.12

Radiculopathy, cervical region

Version 2020 Billable Code Orthopedics

Valid for Submission

M54.12 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of radiculopathy, cervical region. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code M54.12 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like brachial neuritis, brachial plexus neuralgia, cervical nerve root pain, cervical plexopathy, cervical radiculitis, cervical radiculopathy, etc

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

ICD-10:M54.12
Short Description:Radiculopathy, cervical region
Long Description:Radiculopathy, cervical region

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 M54.12 are found in the index:


Synonyms

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

  • Brachial neuritis
  • Brachial plexus neuralgia
  • Cervical nerve root pain
  • Cervical plexopathy
  • Cervical radiculitis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Cervical radiculoplexus neuropathy co-occurrent and due to diabetes mellitus
  • Radicular pain
  • Radiculoplexus neuropathy with diabetes mellitus

Convert M54.12 to ICD-9

  • 723.4 - Brachial 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


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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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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