M54.15: Radiculopathy Thoracolumbar region
Nerves at the junction between your thoracic spine and your lumbar spine are being irritated.
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 vertebrae form the vertebral canal on the rear of the spinal column. The spinal cord runs in the vertebral canal. Nerve fibers run from the brain into the body via the spinal cord and form nerves there. Every nerve is responsible for a particular part of the skin and for certain muscles. These nerves are important for instance in enabling us to feel and move our muscles.
When a nerve in the spine is damaged or irritated, there may be reduced sensation in certain places of the body. The affected areas may be numb or tingly. You may also have pain. It may also be that you are no longer able to move certain muscles properly. This can affect your abdomen or legs, for example.
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
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