2021 ICD-10-CM Code S14

Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S14 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level. The code is not specific and 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:S14
Short Description:Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level
Long Description:Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level (S14). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level

Non-specific codes like S14 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 injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.0 for Concussion and edema of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.1 for Other and unspecified injuries of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.10 for Unspecified injury of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.11 for Complete lesion of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.12 for Central cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.13 for Anterior cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.14 for Brown-Sequard syndrome of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.15 for Other incomplete lesions of cervical spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.2 for Injury of nerve root of cervical spine
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.3 for Injury of brachial plexus
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.4 for Injury of peripheral nerves of neck
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.5 for Injury of cervical sympathetic nerves
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.8 for Injury of other specified nerves of neck
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.9 for Injury of unspecified nerves of neck

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S14:


Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.

7th Character Note

7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.

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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Spinal Cord Injuries

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. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don't cut through your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.

Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can't send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed below the injury. With an incomplete injury, you have some movement and sensation below the injury.

A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can reduce long-term effects. Treatments may include medicines, braces or traction to stabilize the spine, and surgery. Later treatment usually includes medicines and rehabilitation therapy. Mobility aids and assistive devices may help you to get around and do some daily tasks.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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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)