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.  

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...

We are implementing a new EMR beginning on May 1, 2015

Attention Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine patients and friends: We are implementing a new Electronic Health Record (Electronic Medical Record) beginning on May 1, 201...


The Importance of Healthy Bones

Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is proud to now offer the services of our Healthy Bone Clinic to patients of all ages.  Did you know that more than 40 million people live with or are at risk for developing osteoporosis?  This condition leads to more than 2 million broken bones every year, simply due to bone weakness. Women are also at greater risk for developing this condition than their male counterparts.

Osteoporosis is a serious condition that causes unnecessary bone breakage every year but also costs patients, insurers and taxpayers billions of dollars every year.  The physicians at Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are committed to helping you preserve your bone strength and overall health through the services of our Healthy Bone Clinic.

The first step upon visiting our Healthy Bone Clinic will involve completing a free pre-risk assessment survey. This will help you understand your risk for bone damage and learn ways to begin improving the health of your bones.

Some of the recommended methods for improving your bone health include regularly exercising with weights and muscle-strengthening equipment.  By adding 30 minutes a day of these exercises to your routine you can dramatically improve your chances of avoiding a bone injury or speed your recovery should a bone injury occur.

Patients looking to improve their bone health should also avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.  If you are concerned about your risk for osteoporosis, consider having a bone mineral density test performed. These results can help your doctor determine if a bone strengthening medicine will be helpful for you.

If you are ready to get on the right track to better bone health, contact Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today.


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


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

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

1020 E Commercial Ave
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone: (219) 696-6353