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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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Nonsurgical Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

September 16, 2014 | CPG

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

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

Management of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

September 5, 2014 | CPG

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

Management of Bell Palsy: Clinical Practice Guideline

September 2, 2014 | CPG

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

Management of Somatic Pain Induced by Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer: Po...

September 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Cancer, Neck Pain

Management of Venous Leg Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery® and the American Venous Forum

August 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack: A Guideline for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

July 1, 2014 | CPG

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

2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines

June 24, 2014 | CPG

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

Best Evidence Statement (BESt). The Use of Yoga to Improve Strength, Balance, and Coordination

June 10, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Child (6-12), Preschool Child (2-5)

Nonarthritic Hip Joint Pain (CPG+)

June 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Guideline for Diagnosis and Treatment of Subacromial Pain Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Review by the Dutch Orthopaedic Association

June 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

May 1, 2014 | CPG

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