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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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Recommendations of the French Society for Rheumatology (SFR) on the everyday management of patients with spondyloarthritis

December 31, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankylosing Spondylitis

Management of Bell Palsy: Clinical Practice Guideline

December 31, 2013 | CPG

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

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Upper Extremity Amputation Rehabilitation

December 31, 2013 | CPG

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

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Non-surgical Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

December 31, 2013 | CPG

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

Diagnosis and Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

December 31, 2013 | CPG

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

Diagnosis and Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome

December 31, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Pelvic Pain

Appropriate Use Criteria for Non-Arthroplasty Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

December 5, 2013 | CPG

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

Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

November 4, 2013 | CPG

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

Clinical Practice Guideline: Bell's Palsy

October 31, 2013 | CPG

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

Myocardial Infarction: Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention of Further Cardiovascular Disease [NICE CG172]

October 31, 2013 | CPG

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

2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Ris...

October 31, 2013 | CPG

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