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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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Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment After Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (CPG+)

April 2, 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

Physical Therapy Management of Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder

October 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Preschool Child (2-5), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Developmental Conditions

Congenital Muscular Torticollis: CPG From the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (CPG+)

October 1, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Condition & Symptoms: Torticollis

Physical Therapy Management of Functional Constipation in Adults

July 1, 2022 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Pelvic Health, Functional Constipation

Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults With Hip Fracture (CPG+)

February 1, 2021 | CPG

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

Physiotherapy for Cystic Fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand: A Clinical Practice Guideline

May 1, 2016 | CPG

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

Practice Guideline Update: Disorders of Consciousness

September 4, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Child (6-12), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Coma

Practice Guideline Update: Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 16, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Alzheimer Disease, Dementia

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury, 2nd Edition

September 7, 2014 | CPG

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

Pressure Ulcers: Prevention and Management [NICE CG179]

April 23, 2014 | CPG

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

Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury From Falls, Fourth Edition

September 1, 2017 | CPG

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

Prevention and Management of Venous Thromboembolism: A National Clinical Guideline [SIGN 122]

October 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Deep Vein Thrombosis