G54.2: Cervical root disorders, not elsewhere classified

You have damaged nerves in your cervical spine.

The spine consists of several sections. The cervical spine begins below the head. The cervical spine is very mobile. Below that is the thoracic spine. The ribs are attached to the thoracic spine. Below the thoracic spine is the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is also very mobile and it bears a large part of the body’s weight. After the lumbar spine, the sacrum and coccyx join.

The spine contains the spinal cord. The spinal cord is made up of nerve fibers. To the side of the spine, the nerve fibers emerge from the spinal cord and form nerves. Nerves are a sort of wiring in the body. Nerves conduct information. The nerves use electrical impulses to do this. Nerves are important, for instance, in enabling you to sense contacts and temperatures, and to move your muscles.

Nerves emerge from the side of the cervical spine to serve the neck, shoulder and arm. If nerves in your cervical spine are damaged, you can have various symptoms. For example, you may no longer be able to move certain muscles in your neck, shoulder or arm properly. The skin in your neck, shoulder or arm may also feel tingly or numb. You may also feel soreness in those areas.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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