ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M51.16

Intervertebral disc disorders w radiculopathy, lumbar region

Diagnosis Code M51.16

ICD-10: M51.16
Short Description: Intervertebral disc disorders w radiculopathy, lumbar region
Long Description: Intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy, lumbar region
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M51.16

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Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Thoracic, thoracolum, and lumbosacral intvrt disc disorders (M51)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M51.16 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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  • Herniation of nucleus pulposus
  • Herniation of nucleus pulposus of lumbar intervertebral disc
  • Herniation of nucleus pulposus of lumbar intervertebral disc co-occurrent with sciatica
  • Lumbar disc prolapse with radiculopathy
  • Neuritis AND/OR radiculitis due to displacement of intervertebral disc
  • Neuritis AND/OR radiculitis due to displacement of lumbar intervertebral disc
  • Neuritis AND/OR radiculitis due to rupture of intervertebral disc
  • Neuritis AND/OR radiculitis due to rupture of lumbar intervertebral disc
  • Prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc
  • Prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc
  • Prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc with sciatica
  • Radiculopathy due to lumbar intervertebral disc disorder
  • Sciatica

Information for Patients

Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Also called: Neuritis, Peripheral neuritis, Peripheral neuropathy

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

  • Axillary nerve dysfunction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Common peroneal nerve dysfunction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Distal median nerve dysfunction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Femoral nerve dysfunction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Metabolic neuropathies (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Mononeuritis multiplex (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neuralgia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neuropathy secondary to drugs (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Peripheral neuropathy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Radial nerve dysfunction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Sensorimotor polyneuropathy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tibial nerve dysfunction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ulnar nerve dysfunction (Medical Encyclopedia)


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.

  • Compression fractures of the back (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Foraminotomy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Kyphosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Laminectomy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Lordosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Spinal fusion (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Spine surgery - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Spondylolisthesis (Medical Encyclopedia)

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