Orthopedic Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Keep These Codes Handy to Avoid ICD-10 Pain in the Neck

Question: When a patient reports to the orthopedist complaining of neck pain, what is the correct ICD-10 code for the patient?

Georgia Subscriber

Answer: If the provider arrives at no more specific diagnosis than neck pain, then you should report M54.2 (Cervicalgia) for most diagnoses of neck pain.

Exception: If the neck pain is related to cervical disc disorder, then you might choose one of the following codes, depending on encounter specifics:

  • M50.0- — Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy
  • M50.1- — Cervical disc disorder with radiculopathy
  • M50.2- — Other cervical disc displacement
  • M50.3- — Other cervical disc degeneration
  • M50.8- — Other cervical disc disorders
  • M50.9- — Cervical disc disorder, unspecified.