Injured Employees

Connecting the Dots.

In an effort to help injured employees navigate through the Workers’ Compensation and Utilization Review processes, we have provided the following resources and common abbreviations below. 

What is Workers’ Compensation? Visit the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation website for FAQs, a glossary of terms, information about Return to Work programs and more.

Never hesitate to call IMO at 877.742.4477 (Dallas Office) or 877.339.1268 (Houston Office). We are here to serve you!

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COMMON ABBREVIATIONS / GENERAL 

TID – Three (3) Times Daily
BID – Twice (2) Daily
PO –  By Mouth
PRN – As Needed
QD – Daily
Fx – Fracture
Dx – Diagnosis
PDL – Physical Demand Level
MMT – Motor (or Manual) Muscle Testing
TTP – Tenderness to Palpation
ROM – Range of Motion
HEP – Home Exercise Program
PT – Physical Therapy
OT – Occupational Therapy
POC – Plan of Care
NWB – Non-Weight Bearing
WB – Weight Bearing
LBP – Low Back Pain
FT – Full Thickness
PT – Partial Thickness
MOI – Mechanism of Injury
DOI – Date of Injury
IE or IW – Injured Employee / Injured Worker

Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

CPM – Continuous Passive Motion
SCS –  Spinal Cord Stimulator
TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
TEMS – Transcutaneous Electrical Mechanical Stimulation

Claim Terms

RME – Required Medical Evaluation
MMI – Medical Maximum Improvement
RTW – Return to Work
IR – Impairment Rating
PR –  Peer Review

Body Parts

RC – Rotator Cuff (shoulder)
L spine – Lumbar Spine
C spine – Cervical Spine
T spine – Thoracic Spine
L/S spine – Lumbosacral Spine
BLE – Bilateral Lower Extremities
BUE – Bilateral Upper Extremities
Bilat – Bilateral (both on each side)

Physical Exam Tests

SLR – Straight Leg Raise
DTR – Deep Tendon Reflexes

Medical Tests

EDS – Electrodiagnostic Studies
MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
CT –  Computerized Tomography
XR – X-ray
EMG – Electromyography
NCV – Nerve Conduction Velocity
Rx – Prescription (also used for Treatment)
FCE – Functional Capacity Evaluation

Services / Procedures

ESI – Epidural Steroid Injection
SNRB – Selective Nerve Root Block

Diagnoses

S/S – Sprain/Strain
CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as RSD)
RSD – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Medications

#90 – Number following the pound symbol would indicate the number of pills to be dispensed
            (Example: Lyrica 150mg #30 = 30 pills to be dispensed)

Surgeries

RCR – Rotator Cuff Repair (shoulder)
CTR – Carpal Tunnel Release
SAD – Subacromial Decompression

Programs

FRP – Functional Restoration Program
CPMP – Chronic Pain Management Program
WH – Work Hardening
WC – Work Conditioning

Guide References

ODG  – Official Disability Guidelines
EBG  – Evidence Based Guidelines
ACOEM – American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine