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As a physical therapist, there is a great deal of information to remember. It can be difficult to keep track of it all. As a result, people have come up with many tricks over the years to help them remember various pieces of information that are related to physical therapy, anatomy, and other related topics. One such trick is to use ‘mnemonics’; specifically, medical mnemonics.
What are medical mnemonics?
Medical mnemonics are word tricks that help you to remember medical terms and concepts.
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCauses: TENS
Trauma (eg, Colles’ fracture, daily overuse at typing keyboard)
Endocrinopathy (ie, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly)
Neurological (C5-C6 disk herniation can mimic a CTS)
Synovitis (eg, rheumatoid arthritis)
Signs of Compartment Syndrome (Ischemic Injury): P^6
Passive stretching causes severe pain (moat reliable sign)
Poor capillary refill
Pulselessness (late sign)
Epiphyseal Injury, Salter-Harris Classification: SALTER
Type I: Straight through the epiphyseal growth plate
Type II: Above the epiphyseal growth plate (ie, in a fragment of metaphysis attached to the epiphysis)
Type III: Lower (ie, through and below the epiphyseal growth plate)
Type IV: Through the epiphysis and metaphysis
Type V: Emergency (ie, crush of the epiphyseal growth plate)