Approved Physical Therapy Abbreviations

a**before
Aactive
A*assistance
AAactive assisted
addadduction
abdabduction
ACLanterior cruciate ligament
ADLactivities of daily living
AFOankle foot orthosis
ant.anterior
amb.ambulate
AKAabove knee amputation
artarticulation
AROMactive range of motion
AAROMactive-assisted ROM
B*, bilat.bilateral
bidtwo times a day
BKAbelow knee amputation
bkwdsbackwards
BLEbilateral lower extremities
BPblood pressure
bpmbeats per minute
BOSbase of support
BRbed rest
BRPbathroom privileges
BUEbilateral upper extremities
B/Sbedside
c**with
CAcancer
CABGcoronary artery bypass graft
CCUcritical care unit
ccchief complaint
CHFcongestive heart failure
CHIclosed head injury
c/ocomplains of
COGcenter of gravity
CGcontact guard
Cmcentimeter
cont.continue
CPcold pack/cerebral palsy
c-spinecervical spine
Cxcancel
D*, depdependent
DAFOdynamic ankle/foot orthosis
D/Cdiscontinued
DF, dfdorsiflexion
DIPdistal interphalangeal
DKTCdouble knee to chest
DMdiabetes mellitus
DNRdo not resuscitate
DOBdate of birth
disl.dislocate
DJDdegenerative joint disease
DVTdeep vein thrombosis
DX, dxdiagnosis
ECFextended care facility
EDemergency department
e.g.for example
EKGelectrocardiogram
EMGelectromyogram
ESelectrical stimulation
ERexternal rotation
ETOHalcohol use
evalevaluation
exexercise
ext. or /extension
FFahrenheit
fibfibula
FROMfull range of motion
f/bfollowed by
f/ufollow up
FIMfunctional independent measure
flex. or √flexion
funct.function
FWBfull weight bearing
fx.fracture
Gastrocgastroncnemius
GSWgun shot wound
HEPhome exercise program
HOHhard of hearing
HNPherniated nucleus pulposus
HPhot pack
HRheart rate
H/Ohistory of
Hxhistory
I*independent
IVintravenous
IRint. rot./infrared
jt.joint
KAFOknee ankle foot orthosis
L*left
LAQlong arc quad
LBPlow back pain
LBQClarge base quad cane
lat.lateral
LCLlateral collateral ligament
LLEleft lower extremity
LOBloss of balance
LOSlength of stay
L-Slumbosacral
L-spinelumbar spine
L-Traxlumbar traction
LTGlong term goal
LUEleft upper extremity
LTMlong term memory
max.maximum
MAFOmolded ankle foot orthosis
MCmetacarpal
MCLmedial collateral ligament
MCPmetacarpophalangeal
med.medial
mgmt.management
MHmoist heat
MImyocardial infarction
min.minimum
mob.mobilization
mod.moderate
MTPmetatarsophalangeal
MMTmanual muscle test
MRmental retardation
MRImagnetic resonance image
MVAmotor vehicle accident
NIDDMnon-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
NMESneuromuscular electrical stimulation
NWBnon-weight bearing
Neg.negative
nponothing by mouth
OAosteoarthritis
OOBout of bed
ORIFopen reduction internal fixation
OToccupational therapy
p**after
Pos.positive
PCLposterior cruciate ligament
PF, pfplantar flexion
PIPproximal interphalangeal
PMHpast medical history
poby mouth
post.posterior
PREprogressive resistance exs.
prnas needed
PROMpassive range of motion
PSISposterior superior iliac spine
PTphysical therapy
pt.patient
PVDperipheral vascular disease
PWBpartial weight bearing
qevery
qid4 times a day
QSquad sets
quadsquadriceps
R*right
RArheumatoid arthritis
RLEright lower extremity
reps.repetitions
ROMrange of motion
rot.rotation
RUEright upper extremity
Rxprescription
r/orule out
S*supervision
s**without
SAQshort arc quad
SBQCsmall based quad cane
scj*sternoclavicular
SBAstandby assistance
sec.seconds
shld.shoulder
SCMsternocleidomastoid
SCIspinal cord injury
SIsacroiliac
SLEsystemic lupus erthematosus
SLPspeech/lang. pathologist
SLRstraight leg raise
SOBshort of breath
s/pstatus post
SKTCsingle knee to chest
SNFskilled nursing facility
SPCsingle point cane
STGshort term goals
STMshort term memory
STspeech therapy
sxsymptoms
sup.supine
TBItraumatic brain injury
TENStranscutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation
TKEterminal knee extension
THRtotal hip replacement
TIAtransicent ischemic attack
tol.tolerate(s)(ed)
TTWBtoe touch weight bearing
therextherapeutic exercise
tx.treatment
trans.transfer
UEupper extremity
USultrasound
UTIurinary tract infection
URIupper respiratory infection
voverbal orders
vc’sverbal cues
WFLwithin functional limits
WNLwithin normal limits
w/cwheelchair
WBweight bearing
WBATweight bear as tolerated
wk.week
WPwhirlpool
wt.weight
Xtimes
x**except
/extension
flexion
due to
#pounds
seconds
´minutes
primary
decrease or down
change
male
female
to and from
to
from
+positive
negative
>greater than
<less than
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