Thursday, April 28, 2016 Consumer Reports Includes Physical Therapy in Pain Relief Feature The national dialogue on pain treatment has now been highlighted by Consumer Reports in an article that promotes physical therapy as an effective alternative to opioids and other painkillers. The cover story of the June 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, "Pain Relief Now!" takes readers through the basics of pain treatment and the epidemic of painkiller overuse, and provides guidance on different approaches to pain relief, as well as tips on what to do to respond to different kinds of pain. Although just 1 of several professional and medication approaches mentioned in the article, physical therapy is well-represented. The article begins with the story of a woman who experienced a sudden onset of back pain that was relieved through physical therapy, and includes a brief description of physical therapy's history and proven effectiveness. In an accompanying "Soothing Strategies" article, Consumer Reports suggests physical therapy for low back, neck and shoulder pain, writing that in cases of neck and shoulder pain, "studies show that relief can happen in as few as 1 to 3 sessions [of physical therapy]."