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Common Physical Therapy Abbreviations

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AAROM
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active assistive range of motion
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abd
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abduction
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add
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adduction
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(A)
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assist
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AD
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assistive device
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amb.
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ambulate, ambulated
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ant
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anterior
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ā
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before
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abd.
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abduction
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ACL
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anterior cruciate ligament
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ADL’s
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activities of daily living
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add.
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adduction
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AFO
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ankle foot orthosis
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@
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at
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AKA
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above knee amputee
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ALS
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amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
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amb
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ambulate
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appt.
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appointment
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AROM
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active range of motion
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as tol
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as tolerated
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A/P
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anterior posterior
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(B)
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bilateral
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B/L
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bilateral
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BAPS
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biomechanical ankle platform system
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bed mob.
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bed mobility
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bk
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back
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BKA
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below knee amputation
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BID
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twice a day
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BIW
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bi-weekly, twice weekly
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BOS
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Base of support
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BP
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Blood pressure
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bpm
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Beats per minute
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bwd
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Backward
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CA
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Cancer
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cerv.
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cervical
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CC
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chief complaint
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CF
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Cystic Fibrosis
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CGA
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contact guard assist
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CHF
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congestive heart failure
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CHI
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closed head injury
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cont.
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continue
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COTA
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certified occupational therapy assistant
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COPD
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chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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c/o
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Complains of
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COG
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center of gravity
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cont
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continue
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CP
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coldpack, cerebral palsy
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CPM
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continuous passive motion
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C/S
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cervical spine
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CVA
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cerebral vascular accident
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CVD
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cardio-vascular disease
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CRPS
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complex regional pain syndrome
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CP
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cerebral palsy
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CTS
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carpal tunnel syndrome
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cx.
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cancel, cancellation
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dep., D
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dependent
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Dexa
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dexamethazone
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DC
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discharge, discontinue
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D/C
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discharge
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DDD
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degenerative disc disease
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DF
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dorsiflexion
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diag
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diagonal
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DIP
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distal interphalangeal joint
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DJD
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degenerative joint disease
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DM
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diabetes mellitus
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DMD
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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
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DME
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durable medical equipment
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DOB
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date of birth
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DOI
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date of injury
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DOS
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date of surgery
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DVT
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deep vein thrombosis
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dx
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diagnosis
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eval.
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evaluation eversion
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ev.
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eversion
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equip.
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equipment
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ER
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Emergency Room
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E-stim
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electrical stimulation
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EOB
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edge of bed
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ex.
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exercise
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ext.
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extension
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ext. rot., ER
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external rotation
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freq
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frequency
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F,3/5
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fair (in reference to manual muscle testing)
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FES
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functional electrical stimulation
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flex.
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flexion
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FCR
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flexor carpi radialis
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FCU
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flexor carpi ulnaris
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f/u
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follow up
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FWW
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front wheeled walker
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FWB
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full weight bearing
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fwd
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forward
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fx.
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fracture
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GH
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gleno-humeral
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gt.
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trng. gait training
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G, 4/5
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good (in reference to manual muscle testing)
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GMT
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gross muscle test
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HA
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headache
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hemi.
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hemiplegia, hemiparesis
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HEP
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home exercise program
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HHA
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home health aide
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HKAFO
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hip knee ankle foot orthosis
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HOB
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head of bed
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Hor
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horizontal
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HP
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hot pack
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H/S
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hamstring
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HNP
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herniated nucleus pulposus
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HTN
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hypertension
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HVGS
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high voltage galvanic stimulation
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HX
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history
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h/o
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history of
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I ,Indep
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independent
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IDDM
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insuline dependent diabetes mellitus
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IE
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initial evaluation
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IFC
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interferential current
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IMS
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intramuscular stimulation
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inf
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inferior
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int. rot., IR
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internal rotation
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inv.
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inversion
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ionto
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iontophoresis
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isom
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isometric
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ITB
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ilio-tibial band
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jt
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joint
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KAFO
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knee ankle foot orthosis
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L, lt.
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left
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LAQ
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long arc quad (exercise.)
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lat
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lateral
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lats
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latissimus dorsi
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LBP
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low back pain
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LB
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lower body
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LBQC
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large base quad cane
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LCL
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lateral collateral ligament
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LE
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lower extremity
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LQ
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lower quadrant
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LTG
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long term goal
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L/S
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lumbar spine
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max
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maximum
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MCL
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medial collateral ligament
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MCP
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metacarpophalangeal joint
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med
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medial
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MDL
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moderately limited
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MENS
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microcurrent electrical nerve stimulator
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MFR
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myofacial release
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MI
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myocardial infarction
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min
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minimum
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M/L
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medial lateral
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MFR
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myofascial release
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MHP
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moist hot pack
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MKL
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markedly limited
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mm.
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muscle
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MMT
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manual muscle test
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MNL
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minimally limited
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mob
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mobilization
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mod
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moderate
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MS
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Multiple Sclerosis
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MSW
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medical social worker
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MTP
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metatarsophalangeal joint
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MVA
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motor vehicle accident
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max.
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maximal
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N, .5/5
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normal (re: muscle strength)
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NAGS
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natural apophyseal glides
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NBQC
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narrow based quad cane
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NCV
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nerve conduction velocity
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NIDDM
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non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
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N/T
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numbness and tingling or not tested
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NF
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no fault
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NMR
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neuromuscular re-education
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NWB
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non-weight bearing
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NS
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no show
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OA
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osteoarthritis
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OOB
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put of bed
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OT
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occupational therapy/therapist
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OTR
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registered occupational therapist
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p ̅
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after
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PBall
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physio-ball
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PD
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Parkinson’s Disease
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P, 2/5
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poor (re: muscle strength)
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pec
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pectoral / pectoralis
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PCL
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posterior cruciate ligament
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PIP
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proximal interphalangeal jt
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PF
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plantar fl exion
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PMH
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past medical history
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pn
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pain
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PNF
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proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
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POC
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plan of care
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P/A
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posterior anterior
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PRE
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progressive resistive exercises
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post
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posterior
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prec.
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precautions
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prep.
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preparation
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prox
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proximal
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pron
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pronation
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phono
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phonophoresis
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PRN
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as needed
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pt.
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patient
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PT
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physical therapy/therapist
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PTA
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physical therapist assistant
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p/u
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push up
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PVD
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peripheral vascular disease
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PWB
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partial weight bearing
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quad
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quadriceps
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QS
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quadriceps set
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RA
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Rheumatoid Arthritis
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R, rt
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right
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re
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recheck
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rec’d
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received
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rehab.
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rehabilitation
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reps.
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repetitions
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req/d.
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required
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RGO
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reciprocating gait orthosis
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ROM
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range of motion
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rot.
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rotation
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r/o
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rule out
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RSD
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
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RTC
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rotator cuff
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RTW
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return to work
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Rx.
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treatment
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RW
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rolling walker
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SAQ
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short arc quad (exercise)
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SB
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sidebend
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SBA
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standby assist
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SBQC
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small base quad cane
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SCI
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spinal cord injury
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script
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prescription
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SI, SIJ
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sacroiliac joint
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sh
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shoulder
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s/l
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sidelying
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SLP
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speech-language pathologist
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SLR
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straight leg raise
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SNAGS
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sustained natural apophyseal glides
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sob
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shortness of breath
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s/p
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status post
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SPC
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single point cane
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SPT
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student P.T.
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SPTA
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student P.T.A.
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ST
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speech therapy
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STG
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short term goals
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STM
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soft tissue mobilization
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(S)
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supervision
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Sup
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supination or superior
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SW
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standard walker
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T-Band
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theraband
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T, 1/5
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trace (re: muscle strength)
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TA
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therapeutic activities
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TBI
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traumatic brain injury
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TENS
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transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator
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THA
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total hip arthroplasty
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THR
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total hip replacement
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TIW
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three times per week
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THA
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total hip arthroplasty
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THR
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total hip replacement
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ther ex
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therapeutic exercise
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TIA
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transient ischemic attack
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TKA
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total knee arthroplasty
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TKR
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total knee replacement
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TLSO
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thoracolumbosacal orthotic
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TM
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treadmill
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TMJ
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temporomandibular joint
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tol
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tolerated
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TTWB
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toe touch weight bearing
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T/S
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thoracic spine
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tx
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traction
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UB
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upper body
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UBE
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upper body ergometer
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UE
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upper extremity
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UQ
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upper quadrant
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US
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ultrasound
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UV
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ultraviolet
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VC
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verbal cues
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VIC
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verbalized informed consent
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W/cm2
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watts per centimeter squared
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WB
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weight bearing
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WBQC
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wide based quad cane
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WBAT
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weight bearing as tolerated
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W/C
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wheelchair
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WFL
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within functional limits
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WNL
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within normal limits
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y/o
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years old
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// Bars
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parallel bars
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4WW
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four wheeled walker
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s ̅
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without
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c ̅c
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with
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primary
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secondary
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approx.
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approximately
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#
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pound
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∴(3 dots in a triangle)
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therefore
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Δ (Triangle)
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change
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=
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equals
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Z, 0/5 zero
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(re: muscle strength)
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<
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less than
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>
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greater than
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1:1
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one to one
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foot or feet
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inches
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#
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pounds
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up, increased
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down, decreased
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flexion
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extension
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