Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

The Memorial Rehabilitation team of physical therapists has extensive knowledge in addressing vertigo, balance impairments, and fall-prevention strategies. Our therapists have access to state-of-the-art equipment to provide evaluation and treatment of all types of vestibular and balance disorders.

Learn more

The Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Program is located on the Memorial Hospital Shiloh campus in Medical Office Building 1 (1414 Cross Street, Suite 310). Please call 618.607.1301 to learn more about the program.

Biodex SD

The Biodex SD is a machine that provides physical therapists with an objective way to measure balance deficits and perform fall risk assessments. With this information, they can develop an individualized exercise plan for patients to optimize balance and promote safe and active lifestyles.

Fall Prevention Program

Using evidence-based exercises and techniques, our physical therapists help strengthen muscles, improve coordination and balance, and increase safety awareness in home and community settings. The physical therapist also teaches patients exercises they can continue at home to enhance their balance.

ICS Impulse Lenses

ICS Impulse lenses are special eyewear for patients to use when testing and treating specific types of conditions associated with the vestibular system, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). These special lenses are equipped with a camera that records eye movements during selected tests and positions, giving the therapist information as to which part of the vestibular system is affected and allowing for the appropriate corrective exercises to be performed.

Patients who will benefit from Memorial’s Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Program include those with:

  • BPPV (vertigo or room spinning)
  • Dizziness
  • History of frequent falls
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Previous inner ear infection
  • Imbalance during walking, standing tasks, or transitional movements
  • Spatial or perceptual imbalance with changes in environment
  • Visual disturbances that affect balance
  • History of Meniere’s disease

Our Team

Bridget Whiteside
Bridget began practicing as a physical therapist after graduating from Maryville University of St. Louis in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. In 2011, she earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota. She has been treating vestibular conditions since 2003 and has extensive continuing education in the field of vestibular and balance rehabilitation. Bridget enjoys spending time with her husband and children and running with friends.

Adam Helmers
Adam earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has been with Memorial for 10 years. He works with a wide variety of patients but especially enjoys working with patients affected by vestibular and balance issues. Adam enjoys being active outdoors and traveling with his family.