Physical Therapy Symbols

Physical therapy symbols are also being used in PT notes writing. They are often seen in physical therapy documentations as part of the patient medical chart.

When writing these symbols, make sure that they are written in a way that they are easily discerned or understood. If unsure whether your written symbol is easily understood, you can write the whole word or words instead. A simple error in abbreviation or symbol documentation may be lead to confusion.

Some of the most common PT symbols used in SOAP notes writing are the following:

+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

This list of Physical Therapy symbols is not complete. However, they are the most commonly used.

Physical Therapy Abbreviations Index

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