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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.

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 (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

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Physical Therapist Management of Parkinson Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Physical Therapy Association (CPG+)

December 28, 2021 | CPG

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

Management of Hip Fractures in Older Adults

December 3, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)

Vestibular Rehabilitation for Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: An Updated Clinical Practice Guideline From the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (CPG+)

December 3, 2021 | CPG

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

Interventions for the Management of Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Revision 2021

October 31, 2021 | CPG

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

Clinical Guidance to Optimize Work Participation After Injury or Illness: The Role of Physical Therapists

August 1, 2021 | CPG

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

Clinical Practice Guideline for Physical Therapist Management of People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 17, 2021 | CPG

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

2021 EULAR Recommendations for the Management of Self-Implementation Strategies in Patients With Inflammatory Arthritis

May 7, 2021 | CPG

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

Ankle Stability and Movement Coordination Impairments: Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprains Revision (CPG+)

April 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankle Conditions

A Clinical Practice Guideline for the Use of Ankle-Foot Orthoses and Functional Electrical Stimulation Post-Stroke

April 1, 2021 | CPG

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

Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults With Hip Fracture (CPG+)

February 1, 2021 | CPG

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

The First Global Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for People Living With Disability

January 3, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Preschool Child (2-5), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Spinal Conditions, Stroke, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Disorders

Management of Osteoporosis and the Prevention of Fragility Fractures [SIGN 142]

January 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Osteoporosis