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

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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.  

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Timothy B. Williams, PA-C joined GLO on October 15, 2012

Timothy B. Williams, Physician Assistant joined GLO on October 15, 2012. Tim is a recent physician assistant graduate of St. Francis University and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed in the state of Indiana. Tim is accepting new patients at the Saint John location.


Are you Susceptible to Repetitive Strain Injury?

As you age, you will be more susceptible to repetitive strain injury(RSI) although there are some high risks jobs that require fast and repetitive movements for a long period of time that can trigger overuse injuries.  Occupational RSI treatment in St. Johns, IN is one of the fortes of Dr. Keith Pitchford as a certified orthopedic surgeon in St. Johns’ Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, P.C.

High Risk Jobs

Repetitive Strain Injury can be caused by a variety of tasks that primarily consist of a forceful and repetitive activity or even by your prolonged bad posture.  RSI is usually associated with doing a repetitive activity for a long period of time.  It can occur in people who carry out their work in manual labor or to those who just simply type at their personal computer on a daily basis.  Below are some high risk jobs:

  • Manual Labor – carpentry, etc.
  • Process or Piece Work – sewing, packing, etc.
  • Office Work – working with clerical duties that include typing


RSI can strike the tendons and muscles of the hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, back and fingers of a worker.  The feeling of pain, numbness, swelling, weakness and limitation of the movement with the tendons are among some of the symptoms.

Preventive Measures

The design or set up of the workplace can contribute to RSI.  The employer, for the benefit and comfort of the employees, can change the furniture and equipment and rearrange the office set up so that employees can avoid RSI.  Employees should have scheduled work breaks to stretch out a bit.  Practicing good posture can also help lessen your risk for RSI.

RSI Treatment at St. John

Talk to Dr. Keith Pitchford for an examination and diagnosis of your symptoms.  Repetitive movements in your daily work and your poor awkward postures are the main contributor for RSI. If despite changing your work setup you are still experiencing some of the symptoms, Dr. Pitchford can assist you with the effective RSI treatment for you.

Call us today at (219) 365-0220 to schedule your Repetitive Strain Injury consultation in St. John!


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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