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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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Ankle Stability and Movement Coordination Impairments: Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprains Revision (CPG+)

April 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankle Conditions

Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults With Hip Fracture

February 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Hip Conditions

Management of Osteoporosis and the Prevention of Fragility Fractures [SIGN 142]

January 1, 2021 | CPG

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

World Health Organization Guidelines on the Management of Chronic Pain in Children

December 22, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Newborn (birth-1mo), Preschool Child (2-5), Infant (1-23mo), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Pain

COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Managing the Long-term Effects of COVID-19 [NG188]

December 18, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: COVID-19

Diabetes in Pregnancy: Management of Diabetes and its Complications from Preconception to the Postnatal Period [NICE NG3]

December 16, 2020 | CPG

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

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Management [NICE CG147]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

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

Low Back Pain and Sciatica in Over 16s: Assessment and Management [NICE NG59]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), 80 and over (80+), Young Adult (19-24), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Low Back Pain

Osteoarthritis: Care and Management [NICE CG177]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Osteoarthritis

Management of Distal Radius Fractures

December 5, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions

Acute Coronary Syndromes [NICE NG185]

November 18, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Cardiac Conditions

European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation

November 5, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Critical Illness, Thoracic Conditions