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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.) 

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA sections, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies, not by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

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Role of Physical Therapists in the Management of Individuals at Risk for or Diagnosed With Venous Thromboembolism: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline 2022 (CPG+)

May 13, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Venous Thromboembolism

Vestibular Rehabilitation for Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: An Updated Clinical Practice Guideline From the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (CPG+)

April 1, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+), Adolescent (13-18), Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Preschool Child (2-5), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Vestibular Conditions

Physical Therapist Management of Parkinson Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Physical Therapy Association (CPG+)

April 1, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Parkinson Disease

Physical Therapist Management of Patients With Suspected or Confirmed Osteoporosis (CPG+)

March 11, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Osteoporosis

Hamstring Strain Injury in Athletes

February 28, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Hamstring Injuries

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pelvic Girdle Pain in the Postpartum Population

January 1, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy

Low Back Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines

December 20, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Low Back Pain, Occupational Injuries

Management of Hip Fractures in Older Adults

December 3, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Hip Conditions

Interventions for the Management of Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Revision 2021

October 31, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Pain, Low Back Pain

Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (Non-Arthroplasty) Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline (3rd Edition)

August 31, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions, Osteoarthritis

Clinical Guidance to Optimize Work Participation After Injury or Illness: The Role of Physical Therapists

August 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Low Back Pain, Occupational Injuries

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management and Rehabilitation of Post-Acute Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Version 3.0

June 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Brain Injuries