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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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Management of Chronic Pain in Children and Young People: A National Clinical Guideline

March 01, 2018 | CPG

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

Physical Therapy Assessment and Treatment in Patients With Nonspecific Neck Pain

March 01, 2018 | CPG

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

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Management [NICE CG147]

February 21, 2018 | CPG

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

Meniscal and Articular Cartilage Lesions, Revision 2018: Clinical Guidelines Linked to the ICF (CPG+)

February 01, 2018 | CPG

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

Practice Guideline Update: Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 16, 2018 | CPG

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

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

January 04, 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 01, 2018 | CPG

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

Non-specific Low Back Pain

December 01, 2017 | CPG

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

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [Updated]

November 01, 2017 | CPG

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

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

November 01, 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

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)

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Medical Treatment Guideline

October 06, 2017 | CPG

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