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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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2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic St...

January 3, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Stroke

Screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

January 1, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Scoliosis

Non-specific Low Back Pain

December 1, 2017 | CPG

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

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Medical Treatment Guideline

November 30, 2017 | CPG

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

Chronic Pain Disorder Medical Treatment Guideline

November 30, 2017 | CPG

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

Knee Stability and Movement Coordination Impairments: Knee Ligament Sprain [Revision 2017]

November 1, 2017 | CPG

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

Cystic Fibrosis: Diagnosis and Management [NG78]

October 25, 2017 | CPG

Patient Age: Preschool Child (2-5), Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Cystic Fibrosis

Evidence-based Scientific Exercise Guidelines for Adults With Spinal Cord Injury: An Update and a New Guideline

October 25, 2017 | CPG

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

Ankle and Foot Surgical Guideline

October 1, 2017 | CPG

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

European Respiratory Society Guidelines for the Management of Adult Bronchiectasis

September 9, 2017 | CPG

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

Rehabilitation After Critical Illness in Adults [NICE QS158]

September 7, 2017 | CPG

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

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation

September 1, 2017 | CPG

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