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When the doctor prescribes physical rehabilitation

Make sure you communicate with your rehab team, and speak up if something in the program isn't working for you.

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Here's how to get the most out of physical therapy and cardiac rehab.

Sometimes medication or surgery isn't enough to treat a particular ailment. Your doctor may prescribe a course of physical rehabilitation. One type of rehab is physical therapy, which involves exercise to help you regain function and mobility. It's helpful for people who need to prepare for or recover after joint surgery or to learn to cope with balance and gait problems. Another type is cardiac rehabilitation, which involves exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, and education about medications. It's helpful for people who've had a heart attack or heart surgery.

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