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.  


“Hey buddy! Don’t lift that way! You’ll give yourself a hernia!” If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. More than three million hernia cases are reported ...

Patient Notice of Facilities

April 1, 2015 To all our patients, We truly hope this finds you healthy and we would like to take a moment and thank you for being a part of our Great Lakes Orthopedics famil...


Your Teenager and Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive Stress InjuriesIf you are the parent of a teen who loves and participates in sports, loves to play video games, or plays a musical instrument, chances are you have dealt with some type of Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) – an injury that occurs when too much stress is placed on a part of the body. The repetitive stress results in pain, swelling, inflammation and possible tissue damage. As its name implies, the stress occurs from repeated movements. RSIs include more than 100 different kinds of injuries resulting from repetitive wear and tear on the body.

In teens, overuse injuries most often occur at growth plates, the areas at the ends of bones where bone cells multiply rapidly, making the bones longer. Areas most affected by RSIs are the elbows, shoulders, knees, and heels.

Most RSI conditions found in teens are linked to the stress of repetitive motions at the computer or in sports. When stress occurs repeatedly over time, the body’s joints don’t have a chance to recover, and the joints and surrounding tendons and muscles become irritated and inflamed. Any repetitive movement can cause an injury – even (or especially) texting.

Teens may be especially susceptible to RSIs because of their rapid growth spurts during puberty. Nutritional factors may also play a role. Proper nutrition is essential for developing and maintaining strong muscles and bones and to keep up the energy levels growing teens need.

Symptoms of RSIs include:

  • tingling, numbness, or pain
  • clicking or popping
  • stiffness or soreness in the neck or back
  • feelings of fatigue or weakness in the arms or hands

If you notice any of these warning signs of RSIs in your teen, call to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, today. Even if the symptoms seem to come and go, don’t ignore them as they may become more severe, lead to more serious conditions, and prevent your teen from doing the activities they love: In St. John (219) 365-0220; in Crown Point (219) 661-8661; in Lowell (219) 696-6353.


Dr. Pitchford is featured in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Everyday Health.


9615 Keilman St
St. John, IN 46373
Phone: (219) 365-0220
Sports Medicine | Great Lakes Orthopedics Sports Medicine

1129 Merrillville Rd
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: (219) 661-8661
Sports Medicine | Great Lakes Orthopedics Sports Medicine

1020 E Commercial Ave
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone: (219) 696-6353
Sports Medicine | Great Lakes Orthopedics Sports Medicine