Physical Therapy Shorthand Writing For Note Taking

A

@ – at
ā – before
A: – assessment
AAROM – active assistive range of motion
Abd. or abd. – abduction
AC – acromioclavicular
ACL – anterior cruciate ligament
ACTH – adrenocorticotropic hormone
Add. or add. – adduction
ADL’s or ADL – activities of daily living
AE – above elbow
AFO – ankle foot orthosis
AIDS – acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AIIS – anterior inferior iliac spine
AJ – ankle jerk
AK – above knee
AKA – above knee amputee, above knee amputation
ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
a.m. – morning
AMA – against medical advice
amb – ambulate, ambulates, ambulated, ambulatory, ambulation
ANS – autonomic nervous system
Ant. – anterior
AP – anterior-posterior
approx. – approximately (also “~” symbol can be used)
AROM – active range of motion
AROME – active range of motion exercise/s
ASAP or asap – as soon as possible
ASIS – anterior superior iliac spine

 
B

BE – below elbow
bilat – bilateral (a B enclosed within a circle may also be used)
BK – below knee
BKA – below knee amputee, below knee amputation
BLE – both lower extremities

 
C

c – with
C&S – culture and sensitivity
c/o – complains of
CA – cancer, carcinoma
CAD – coronary artery disease
C/C – chief complaint
cerv. – cervical
CF – cystic fibrosis
CHI – closed head injury
CKD – chronic kidney disease
CNS – central nervous system
CP – cerebral palsy
CWI – crutch walking instructions

 
D

DF – dorsiflexion
DIP – distal interphalangeal
DJD – degenerative joint disease
DM – diabetes mellitus
DTR – deep tendon reflex
DVT – deep vein thrombosis

 
E

ECF – extended care facility (In Physiology – extracellular fluid)
ER or Ext. rot. – external rotation
eval. – evaluation
Ex. – exercise
ext. – extension

 
F

FH – family history
flex. – flexion
FWB – full weight bearing
Fx., fx – fracture
HEENT – head, ear, eyes, nose, throat
HEP – home exercise program
HKAFO – hip knee ankle foot orthosis
HNP – herniated nucleus pulposus
h/o – history of
HR – heart rate
hr. – hour
HTN or Htn – hypertension
Hx – history

 
I
IADL – instrumental activities of daily living
IDDM – insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
IM – intramuscular
inf. – inferior
inv. – inversion
IR or int. rot. – internal rotation

 

K
KJ – knee jerk
L
L within a circle – left
Lat – lateral
LBP – low back pain
LE – lower extremity
LOC – loss of consciousness, level of consciousness
LMN – lower motor neuron
LLQ – left lower quadrant
LQ – lower quadrant
LTG – long term goal
LUQ – left upper quadrant
M

min. – minute
mm. – muscle
MMT – manual muscle test, manual muscle testing
MP – metacarpophalangeal
MS – multiple sclerosis

NIDDM – non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
nn. – nerve
NWB – non-weight bearing

 
O

O: – objective
OA – osteoarthritis
ORIF – open reduction, internal fixation
P

p – after
P – poor (used in muscle testing)
PA – posterior/anterior
PCL – posterior cruciate ligament
PF – plantar flexion
P.H. – past history
p.m. – afternoon
PMH – past medical history
PNF – proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
PNI – peripheral nerve injury
pos. – positive
post. – posterior
post-op – after surgery
pre-op – before operation
Prep. – preparation
PROM – passive range of motion
PROME – passive range of motion exercise
PSIS – posterior superior iliac spine
PTB – patellar tendon bearing
PWB – partial weight bearing

 
Q

q – every
qd – everyday
qh – ever hour
qid – four times a day
qn – every night

 
R

® – right
RA – rheumatoid arthritis
Rehab – rehabilitation
reps. – repetitions
ROM – range of motion
ROME – range of motion exercises
rot. – rotation
RROM – resistive range of motion
SCI – spinal cord injury
SC jt. – sternoclavicular joint
SI jt. – sacroiliac joint
SLR – straight leg raise
SOAP subjective, objective, assessment, plan
SOB – shortness of breath
S/Sx – signs and symptoms
stat. – immediately or at once
STG – short term goal
sup. – superior
Sx – symptoms

 
T

tab – tablet
TB – tuberculosis
TBI – traumatic brain injury
TENS or TNS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator/ stimulation
THA – total hip arthroplasty
THR – total hip replacement
TIW – three times per week
TKA – total knee arthroplasty
TKR – total knee replacement
TMJ – temporomandibular joint
TTWB – toe touch weight bearing
Tx – treatment
tx – traction

 

U

UE – upper extremity
UMN – upper motor neuron
UMNL – upper motor neuron lesion
URI – upper respiratory infection
US – ultrasound
UTI – urinary tract infection

W

w/c – wheel chair
WBC – white blood cell
WFL – within functional limits
wk. – week
WNL – within normal limits
wt. – weight

 

X

x – number of times performed (e.g. x3, x8, etc.)

 

Y

y/o or y.o. – years old
yr. – year

 

+1, +2 – assitance

♂ – male

♀ – female

↓ – down, downward, decrease, diminished

↑ – up, upward, increase

// – parallel, parallel bars (also // bars)
_
c – with
_
s – without
_
p – after
_
a – before

~ – approximately

@ – at

∆ – change

> – greater than

< – less than

= – equal

+ – positive

–  – negative

# – number (e.g., #1) or pounds (e.g., 5# wt.)

/ – per

% – percent

↔ – to and from

→ – to, progressing toward, approaching

1° – primary