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FAQ’S

What do I need to schedule a physical therapy appointment?
What kind of insurance do you take?
How much does it cost?
What can I expect on my fist visit?
What should I wear?
How many people will see me?
How long is a visit?
What type of treatment will I receive?
How many visits will I need?
Is Physical Therapy uncomfortable?
Will I have homework?

What do I need to schedule a physical therapy appointment?
You can see a physical therapist for prevention, wellness and fitness. You may see a physical therapist in the state of California for evaluation purposes without a referral or prescription. However, to be treated for an injury or bodily dysfunction, you must have a medical diagnosis given by a physician or related medical provider. Please contact your medical provider for a physical therapy referral.

What kind of insurance do you take?
I do not bill any insurance directly.  You are responsible for paying the fees on the day of your visit.  You will be given a receipt of services rendered. You will be responsible to submit this to your insurance company for reimbursement.  You should contact your health insurance company to find out about their coverage and information they need from you to have these services reimbursed.

How much does it cost?
Arcus–PT will charge you $125,- for an one hour visit.

What can I expect on my fist visit?
Please click here to make an appointment and get information on your first visit

What should I wear?
Please be prepared to expose the area to be treated. Bring or wear comfortable, loose clothing, shorts (preferably with an elastic waist band) for an injury below the waist or your low back. Women are advised to bring or wear a tank top, halter-top, swim suit top or sports-bra when the area of complaint involves neck, shoulder or upper back. If you are seen for a running injury, please bring your running shoes.

How many people will see me?
You will be only working with Ellen de Neef a licensed physical therapist for the entire duration of your visit in her private quiet office space.

How long is a visit?
Each visit is 1 hour long without interruptions in a pleasant environment.

What type of treatment will I receive?
Depending on your condition your needs for treatment may include the following:

1. Manual Therapy

2. Exercise

3. Core strengthening and stabilization
4. Balance and coordination exercises
5. Gait analysis and training
6. Posture and Body Mechanics training
7. Ergonomic advice and/or evaluation
8. Patient education on general conditioning, fitness and wellness and injury prevention.
9.  Taping Techniques
10. Breathing exercises
11. Basic hand therapy, this could include the use of a paraffin bath and fabrication of simple splints

How many visits will I need?
This is dependent on your condition and diagnosis. On your initial visit we will discuss your prognosis and this could include a prediction of the amount of visits needed. We will re-evaluate your progress regularly and communicate with you about necessary adjustments to treatment and potential involvement of your physician or other medical providers. We will assist you with navigating through the medical system when other referrals are needed.

Is Physical Therapy uncomfortable?
We attempt to do our best to relief your pain and discomfort. Some of the manual therapy techniques and exercises may cause a short time discomfort, usually this is different from the pain and discomfort you came in for. This sometimes may be necessary to improve function. Your painful reaction or increased discomfort should not last longer than 24 hours. If it lasts longer, please call us at 510-913-0969 or e-mail me.

Will I have homework?
To achieve your goals we need to work as a motivated team.
Recovery from injury and improvement gained during treatment sessions are usually maintained better when clients follow the recommendations given and do the prescribed exercises. The home exercise program will be tailored to your needs, means and ability to fit them in your schedule. It is important to devote time and energy to allow for you body to heal and I feel privileged to assist you in that process.