Brain & Balance Rehabilitation

man with walkerIf you experience tripping, swaying, stumbling, dizziness, vertigo, falling, or headaches, we can help. Physical therapists with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross are specially trained to conduct a thorough evaluation and develop individualized treatment plans to help improve the strength, stability, and mobility of patients with brain and balance problems.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) has been ranked the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. The same specialized care that has earned Shirley Ryan AbilityLab its preeminent reputation in advancing human ability is available at Silver Cross.


Through our partnership with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, advanced rehabilitation care is provided to treat the following conditions:

  • Brain aneurysm
  • Brain cancer
  • Brain tumors and malformations and malformations of the cerebral vascular system
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Endoscopic brain surgery
  • Headaches
  • Stroke

Identify and Treat Symptoms:

Our goal is to help our patients regain and maintain an active lifestyle. A decrease in balance and stability can be caused by muscle weakness and coordination, decreased flexibility, or medical conditions. It can also occur when your vision, inner ear or muscular system are not working properly. Once the causes have been identified, we address the patient’s specific needs with a custom rehabilitation program that includes exercises that can be performed at home.


  • In-depth evaluation including health history
  • Motion, strength, coordination, visual tracking, and balance tests to assess physical ability and
    assessment of footwear
  • Aerobic and strength training
  • Static Balance (sitting or standing still) and Dynamic Balance (keeping your balance while moving) exercise programs
  • Activities and treatments to help restore normal movement in stiff joints
  • Stretching exercises to improve flexibility and posture
  • Education to prevent and reduce the fear of falling
  • Relaxation techniques, strategies and therapies to diminish pain caused by headaches

Free Balance Enhancement and Fall Prevention Screenings

Lady receiving a brain & balance screening

At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross, therapists conduct free screenings year-round to assist with balance enhancement and fall prevention. The 15-minute screening includes a medical history, blood pressure measurements, and balance assessment to identify risk factors, posture, range-of-motion, strength, static and dynamic balance. Based on the results, therapists may provide recommendations on how to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls and/or a referral for treatment. To schedule a free fall and balance screening, call 815-300-6580.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross offers evening and Saturday hours. Most insurances accepted including Medicare.

Schedule Appointment

For a referral to a brain and spine specialist, call 1-888-660-HEAL.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.