What's new

May 2022

NEW: Clinical Practice Guidelines were published. Wonderful ongoing support of EBP.

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants now have the first clinical practice guideline on the management of individuals with Parkinson disease designed specifically for the profession. The CPG, developed by APTA, is the product of a volunteer guideline development group consisting of member PTs from APTA and its sections and academies. Representatives from the American Parkinson's Disease Association and a neurologist from the American Academy of Neurology also provided perspectives during the development of the resource.

The new CPG focuses on the management of adult idiopathic typical Parkinson disease and is primarily based on studies of individuals in the early to mid-stages of the condition.

The full CPG is available to anyone for free on the PTJ website. 

For individuals with osteoporosis, counteracting the decline of bone mineral density, or BMD, can play a key role in maintaining health and lowering the risk of injury. A newly adopted set of guidelines sheds light on the ways physical therapists can help to address BMD loss through exercise. The guidelines also acknowledge that challenges remain, because effecting change in BMD takes time — anywhere from six months to four years or more. The guidelines, identified by APTA Geriatrics with the support of APTA, and endorsed by the association, include exercise recommendations for premenopausal and postmenopausal women. They do not include specific recommendations for men due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

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