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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, APTA sections and academies, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies. None of the CPGs were written 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, or AGREE II, conducted by a team of experts.

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Final Recommendation Statement: Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascula...

July 10, 2018 | CPG

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

APTA: Core Set of Outcome Measures for Adults with Neurologic Conditions Undergoing Rehabilitation (CPG+)

July 1, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dyskinesias, Dystonia, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Sarcopenia, Stroke

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: Guideline for the Management of Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis, 2nd Ed..

July 1, 2018 | CPG

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

Systematic Literature Review on the Management of Surgical Site Infections

June 8, 2018 | CPG

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

EULAR Recommendations for the Health Professional’s Approach to Pain Management in Inflammatory Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

May 31, 2018 | CPG

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

Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms: 3rd Edition

May 31, 2018 | CPG

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

Identification and Management of Cardiometabolic Risk After Spinal Cord Injury

May 31, 2018 | CPG

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

APTA: Achilles Pain, Stiffness, and Muscle Power Deficits: Midportion Achilles Tendinopathy Revision 2018 (CPG+)

May 1, 2018 | CPG

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

Medical Treatment Guideline for Shoulder Diagnosis and Treatment

April 30, 2018 | CPG

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

Management of Stable Angina [SIGN 151]

April 1, 2018 | CPG

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

Final Recommendation Statement: Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions

March 31, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)