A CPG to Recognize Health Conditions That May Necessitate Referral


Physical Therapy


Physical therapists increasingly play the role of front-line providers. It is incumbent upon us to ensure intervention provided by a physical therapist is the most appropriate form of care for our patients and clients. Some conditions that may necessitate referral may mimic symptoms associated with musculoskeletal or movement disorders commonly treated by physical therapists. The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and Federal Physical Therapy Section have partnered to create a clinical practice guideline to provide physical therapists with a synthesis of evidence-based information on conditions that may present as typical musculoskeletal concerns but require careful differential diagnosis for identification and appropriate management. Members of the guideline development team will present a summary of the systematic review process, methods, and recommendations for selected health conditions that warrant further medical workup and/or referral. Emphasis will be placed on actionable clinical recommendations and supporting evidence to provide attendees with critically appraised information and clinical pearls that can be used to appropriately manage patients and clients.

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Publication Date

Spring 2-15-2020

Publication Title

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting

Conference Dates

02/12/2020 - 02/15/2020

Conference Location

Denver, CO