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...


It’s Not True That “All Fall Down”

exerciseFalls are NOT a normal part of aging. Even if you are a baby-boomer, living your best life ever, many if not most falls can be prevented. You are in the driver’s seat. You can reduce your risk by exercising daily, making your environment safer, managing your meds and having regular eye exams.

Have you heard these 4 myths about aging and falling?

  1. If I limit my activity, I won’t fall. Some folks believe that the best way to prevent a fall is to avoid activities. Wrong! Physical activities will help you stay independent because your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active.
  2. Falls happen to other people. “It won’t happen to me” is a common belief. The truth is that one in three older adults (about 12 million) fall every year in the U.S.
  3. If I stay home, I can avoid falling. Nope. Over one half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks and rid it of hazards such as throw rugs, clutter and poor lighting. Add a grab bar in the bathroom, a second hand-rail on the stairs, and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.
  4. Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained. Muscle is lost as we age, it’s true. But exercise can partially restore strength and flexibility. It’s never too late to start an exercise program which will benefit you in many ways, including protection from falls.

And…consider this: You are much less likely to suffer a fracture if you’re able to catch yourself before falling. Assess your balance by:

  • Standing on one leg without holding onto anything – for one minute. Stand next to a wall or chair if you feel you might fall. If you can’t balance for at least 30 seconds, work on improving your balance.
  • Sitting then standing 5 times as fast as you can – do it by standing up fully and sitting down with your bottom touching the chair. Time yourself. If it takes more than 13 seconds to complete, work on it!

We are here to help you with all of your orthopedic questions and needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us!


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


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