In the push for advancing evidence-based practice in the orthopaedic setting, the APTA has been working on compiling the research for etiological factors, examination, treatment, outcomes, and more for various pathologies. These collections are known as the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG's). There are currently CPG's for these pathologies:
-Low Back Pain
-Hip Pain and Mobility Deficits
-Non-Articular Hip Joint Pain
-Knee Ligament Sprain
-Meniscal and Articular Cartilage Lesions
-Ankle Stability and Movements Coordination Impairments
A couple years ago, the APTA released the CPG's for free viewing to all at this link. A lot of work went into developing these guidelines and they are some of the leading sources of evidence-based practice and preparation for the OCS. While the articles may appear lengthy, there are summary pages at the end of each one as well. Check out the CPG's when you get a chance for a great summary of current best practice!
-Dr. Chris Fox, PT, DPT, OCS
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