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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.

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.

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

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Interventions for Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema: Clinical Practice Guideline From the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of APTA

July 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Physical Therapist Management of Total Knee Arthroplasty (CPG+)

June 16, 2020 | CPG

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

Joint Replacement (Primary): Hip, Knee and Shoulder [NG157]

June 4, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Hip Conditions, Knee Conditions, Shoulder Conditions, Total Hip Arthroplasty, Total Knee Arthroplasty, Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Hypertension Canada’s 2020 Comprehensive Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, Risk Assessment, and Treatment of Hypertension in Adults and Children

May 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Clinical Practice Guideline: Meniere’s Disease

April 8, 2020 | CPG

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

COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community [NG-163]

April 2, 2020 | CPG

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

Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment After Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

April 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Brain Injuries, Concussion

No. 397 – Conservative Care of Urinary Incontinence in Women

April 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Management of Acute Low Back Pain in Adults

February 29, 2020 | CPG

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

Clinical Recommendations to Guide Physical Therapy Practice for Huntington Disease

February 4, 2020 | CPG

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

Physical Therapist Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Individuals With Heart Failure

January 22, 2020 | CPG

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

2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee

January 5, 2020 | CPG

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