Specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 724.5
Backache, unspecified
  • 2015
  • Billable Thru Sept 30/2015
  • Non-Billable On/After Oct 1/2015

  • ICD-9-CM 724.5 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 724.5 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 724.5 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM M54.89 Other dorsalgia
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM M54.9 Dorsalgia, unspecified
Approximate Synonyms
  • Back pain
  • Back pain < 3 months
  • Back pain for less than 3 months
  • Back pain less than 3 months
  • Back pain without radiculopathy
  • Back pain wo radiculopathy
  • Backache
  • Backache for less than 3 months
  • Backache without radiculopathy
  • Chronic back pain > 3 months
  • Chronic back pain for greater than 3 months
  • Chronic back pain greater than 3 months
  • Chronic back pain greater than 3 months duration
  • Chronic back pain greater than three months duration
  • Dorsalgia
  • Dorsalgia (upper back pain)
  • Thoracic back pain
  • Upper back pain
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by marked discomfort sensation in the back region
  • Acute or chronic pain located in the posterior regions of the thorax, lumbosacral region, or the adjacent regions
  • Acute or chronic pain located in the posterior regions of the thorax; lumbosacral region; or the adjacent regions
  • If you've ever groaned, "oh, my aching back!", you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse. If your back pain is severe or doesn't improve after three days, you should call your health care provider. You should also get medical attention if you have back pain following an injury.treatment for back pain depends on what kind of pain you have, and what is causing it. It may include hot or cold packs, exercise, medicines, injections, complementary and alternative treatments, and sometimes surgery. nih: national institute of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases
  • Painful sensation in the back region
  • Sensation of unpleasant feeling indicating potential or actual damage to some body structure felt in the back
Applies To
  • Vertebrogenic (pain) syndrome NOS
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 724.5:
  • Backache (postural) 724.5
  • Lame back 724.5
  • Pain(s) (see also Painful) 780.96
    • vertebrogenic (syndrome) 724.5
  • Stitch
    • in back 724.5
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • vertebrogenic (pain) 724.5
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