Physiotherapy Symbols - Common Physiotherapy Symbols


Physiotherapy (PT) symbols, such as those enumerated below, are commonly used in physiotherapy documentation (e.g. SOAP notes, Initial Evaluation). However, sometimes, spelling out the word rather than using the symbol to avoid confusion may be better, especially if it is handwritten. For example, the symbol > may be mistaken as 7 or ~ as negative instead of approximate/ly.
+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

2° - secondary, secondary to
Be sure to check with your official student text or institution's guidelines regarding use of physiotherapy symbols and even abbreviations. The list of physiotherapy symbols enumerated above should not be thought of as comprehensive.

You may also like to view the Physiotherapy Abbreviations List.

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