Physiotherapy Abbreviations

If you are a practicing physiotherapist or a clinical physiotherapy student, you may be employing physiotherapy abbreviations in your patient documentations. Physiotherapy abbreviations play a role in making your patient encounter documentations more concise, yet detailed. For example, instead of writing range of motion all the time in your physiotherapy SOAP notes, you might just write it as ROM like in active ROM (AROM) or active assistive range of motion (AAROM).

Avoid "Confusing or Danger" Abbreviations if Possible

While writing abbreviations in physiotherapy practice may be advised, sometimes, it is better to write the entire word to avoid confusions, especially if the notes are hand-written. For example, the greater than symbol (>) may be misunderstood as the number seven or the degree sign (o) may be misunderstood as the number zero. Special care should be followed when writing certain "danger" symbols and abbreviations. It is best that you write the entire word or words for these kinds of commonly mistaken abbreviations.

The institution where you are working or where you're taking your clinical internship may have their own accepted physiotherapy abbreviations. It is best to ask for what abbreviations are accepted in that particular physiotherapy institution.

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