M51.8: Other specified intervertebral disc disorders

One or more of your intervertebral discs are damaged.

Intervertebral discs consist of cartilage and connective tissue. Intervertebral discs connect neighboring vertebrae to one another and absorb pressure and shocks. An intervertebral disc consists of a firm ring with a soft core.

One symptom of a damaged disc is back pain, for example. The pain may also spread to the arms or legs. The skin can feel numb in certain places. There may also be a tingling. It may also be that you are no longer able to move a part of your body properly.

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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