It's never safe to assume anything when coding.
If it's not written down it didn't happen.
But, from your brief scenario you do say that "MD stated compression fracture" so you could use Dx code 733.10.
As education for the physician, you might want to photocopy the couple of pages from ICD-9 that deal w/ Kyphosis and let him/her know that being more specific in dictation would allow you to correctly code the scenario.
Remember that what you code becomes a part of a patient's record. You don't want to give them a disease they may not have.
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