Physical Therapy

Physical therapy or physiotherapy is the treatment of disorders of the muscles, bones, or joints by means of physical agents - heat, light, water, electricity, manual therapy and exercises that are prescribed as treatment for various conditions...


Sports Medicine

A branch of medicine concerned with the effects of exercise and sports on the human body, including treatment of injuries. Sports medicine can be divided into three general areas: clinical sports, medicine, sports surgery, and the physiology of exercise...


On-Site X-ray

On-Site X-ray services are available to provide immediate diagnostic assessment of injured body parts...


Sports Medicine in St. John, IN

Great Lakes has been providing for more than 10 years Orthopedics & Sports Medicine as a full service Sports Medicine and General Orthopedic multi-site, patient focused, physician driven, patient care environment that is the culmination of many years of hard work to create and care for family, friends, and those who are in need of Orthopedic related care and assistance.  

New Office Open!

Our new office location in Lowell, Indiana opened May 19, 2014 and is located at: 1020 E Commercial Avenue, Lowell, IN 46356.

Phone number is: 219-696-6353. At this time, Dr. Bayer is the only provider in Lowell and is accepting new patients at that location.

Give our team a call to schedule your appointment!

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Have I Torn My ACL?

Tearing one’s anterior cruciate ligament, also known as the ACL, is an extremely common sports injury. Your ACL runs from your shinbone through the middle of your knee, where it attaches to the femur. The ACL muscle is relatively small but very important to prevent your knee from turning and injury. ACL injuries are common during athletic activity that involves pivoting and turning the knee including basketball and soccer.

Only your sports medicine or orthopedic physician can properly determine if you have in fact torn your ACL. However, there are telltale signs of a torn ligament that may indicate an ACL injury. If you are in pain, or if you are experiencing the following symptoms, be sure to visit our office immediately.

  • Can you walk? A torn ACL will prevent you from walking. In fact, your entire knee may give out from an ACL injury, preventing any movement whatsoever.

  • Can you bend your knee? ACL injuries often cause you to lose the range of motion within your knee. If you cannot bend your knee at a 90-degree angle or cannot straighten your leg at the knee, it’s likely you have an ACL injury.

  • Has your kneecap shifted? Compare the appearance of your healthy knee with that of your injury. If your injured kneecap is no longer in the same position, it is very likely that you’ve torn your ACL.

  • Are you in extreme pain? ACL injuries can be incredibly painful, especially when touched.

  • Swelling? It is very common for fluid to build up in the area where muscles are torn. If the area around your ACL has significant swelling and even bruising, seek attention immediately.

  • Popping? If you are able to move your knee after an injury, which is very unlikely, your knee will make a popping sound.


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9615 Keilman Street
St. John, IN 46373
Phone: (219) 365-0220

1129 Merrillville Road
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: (219) 661-8661