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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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Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Management [NICE CG147]

February 20, 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+)

January 31, 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 15, 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 3, 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

December 31, 2017 | CPG

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

Non-specific Low Back Pain

November 30, 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]

October 31, 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]

October 31, 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 24, 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 5, 2017 | CPG

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

Chronic Pain Disorder Medical Treatment Guideline

October 5, 2017 | CPG

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

Ankle and Foot Surgical Guideline

September 30, 2017 | CPG

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