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Clinical Practice Guidelines

May 15, 2020 / CPGs

Members can access relevant clinical practice guidelines to assist in clinical decision making.

New Draft CPG on Locomotor Function Seeking Comments: Deadline December 21

Dec 11, 2018 / News

If you have insight, or simply an interest, in best practice for improving locomotor function after chronic stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, or brain injury, the clinical practice guideline (CPG) team overseeing a new CPG on that topic wants to hear from you. A draft of the CPG is available for

Achilles Pain, Stiffness, and Muscle Power Deficits: Midportion Achilles Tendinopathy Revision 2018 (CPG+)

May 01, 2018 / CPG

This guideline provides recommendations related to management of patients with mid-portion achilles tendonopathy revision.

Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Jun 06, 2020 /

Review CPGs that are currently being developed by APTA and its sections and academies.

APTA's TKA Guidelines: Your Comments Needed by January 3

Dec 18, 2019 / News

APTA is developing a new clinical practice guideline (CPG) on total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and your help is needed. The CPG is now in the public review phase of its development, and APTA is asking for public comment. But hurry—deadline for comments is January 3, 2020. Funded entirely by APTA, the draft

Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG+)

Dec 01, 2013 / CPG

This guideline provides recommendations for identification and referral, physical therapy examination, intervention, and discharge and follow-up for infants with congenital muscular torticollis.

Nonarthritic Hip Joint Pain (CPG+)

Jun 01, 2014 / CPG

The purpose of these clinical practice guidelines is to describe the peer-reviewed literature and make recommendations related to nonarthritic hip joint pain.

Heel Pain––Plantar Fasciitis: Revision 2014 (CPG+)

Nov 01, 2014 / CPG

This guideline from the Orthopaedic Section of APTA makes recommendation for the physical therapist management of non-arthritic heel pain.

Hip Pain and Mobility Deficits—Hip Osteoarthritis: Revision 2017 (CPG+)

Jun 01, 2017 / CPG

Recommendations for examination and diagnostic classification based on body functions and structures, activity limitations, participation restrictions, prognosis, interventions and assessment of outcome.

CPG: Avoid Surgery for Atraumatic Shoulder Pain

Feb 19, 2019 / Review

Advice on surgery for shoulder pain can be boiled down to three words: don't do it.

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Rett Syndrome: Communication Disorders

Oct 05, 2018 / Clinical Review

Wiemer H, Richman S
Subjects: Alternative and Augmentative Communication; Communicative Disorders; Cues; Feeding Methods; Music Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Parents; Rett Syndrome; Sensory Motor Integration; Speech and Language Assessment; Speech Therapy; Treatment Outcomes; Child; Education, Continuing (Credit)

Stroke Rehabilitation: Speech Therapy

Oct 05, 2018 / Clinical Review

Kanapathy N, Wiemer H, Richman S
Subjects: Rehabilitation, Speech and Language; Speech and Language Assessment; Speech Disorders; Speech Therapy; Stroke; Treatment Outcomes; Education, Continuing (Credit)

Rett Syndrome (RTT): Physical Therapy

May 25, 2018 / Clinical Review

Dressendorfer R, Palmer E, Richman S
Subjects: Aquatic Exercises; Functional Training; Patient Education; Rett Syndrome; Therapeutic Exercise; Treadmills; Treatment Outcomes