Physical Therapy

physical therapist helping client on big yoga ball

University Health Services provides affordable outpatient orthopedic physical therapy services to students by referral from a clinician.

Faculty and staff members also are served if they have a work related injury.

The Physical Therapy unit includes six treatment rooms and a rehabilitation gym. Exercise equipment includes an upper-body ergometer, a treadmill, exercise bicycles, a pulley system, and free weights. Other equipment, such as gymnastic balls and foam rollers, are utilized for stabilization activities. Traditional physical therapy modalities, including electrical stimulation, ultrasound, light and iontophoresis are available.

The physical therapists provide comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment programs. Our staff has expertise in a variety of specialty areas, including sports medicine, ergonomics, manual therapy and hand therapy.

Treatment in the Physical Therapy unit in Tang Center is limited to 6 to 12 visits, depending on your diagnosis. If further treatment is necessary, referrals to outside physical therapy providers may be offered.

Our treatment philosophy stresses active patient participation through patient education and home exercise. This is of paramount importance for the success of your rehabilitation program. You will be asked, therefore, to do activities on your own to optimize your rehabilitation.

These could include exercises, stretches, ergonomic modifications and ice or heat applications. As therapeutic exercise is often a component of physical therapy, please be prepared to actively participate in your treatment.

Conditions Treated by Physical Therapy

  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder sprains and strains
  • Knee sprains and strains
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Ankle sprains
  • Foot injuries
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Hand injuries

Please bring shorts, sports bras/tank tops, and/or exercise attire to your appointment. This will allow the injured area of your body to be adequately exposed for optimal evaluation and treatment.

Appointments + Cancellations

Appointments can be made in person at the Physical Therapy reception desk or by calling (510) 642-0607. Appointments may be scheduled from 10am to 4pm (closed daily from 12-1pm and Thursdays from 11am-1pm).

It is important that you cancel your Physical Therapy appointments with at least 24 hours of notice. Our cancellation line is available 24 hours a day (a message on voicemail is acceptable). There will be a $25 charge for appointments that are: broken with less than 24 hours of notice, no-shows, or late arrivals who are asked to reschedule.


Fees for Physical Therapy services are paid at the Student Health Insurance Program  (SHIP) office on the 3rd floor of Tang Center or will be billed to your Cal Student Central account. Visit our fees page for more details.

Initial Evaluation, approximately 60 minutes:
$15 co-pay (SHIP), $200 (non-SHIP)

Treatment Visit, approximately 30 minutes:
$15 co-pay (SHIP), $100-200 (non-SHIP)

Various types of medical supplies are available for Physical Therapy patients to purchase. SHIP generally covers 90% of supply costs.

Student Health Insurance Plan

SHIP pays 100% after $15 co-pay (deductible waived) for services at University Health Services. For verification of your SHIP enrollment or questions regarding your insurance plan, contact the Student Health Insurance Office