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.  

Can Women And Children Get Hernias?

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“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 ...


We Are Your Orthopedic Surgeons

Orthopedic SurgeonsIt’s your body, after all. Your legs, arms, back, knees and hips. You trust your teeth to your dentist and your skin to a dermatologist. It makes sense, then, to ensure that your orthopedic surgeon is trained and board certified.

What is orthopedics? Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, care and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, tendons and skin. Physicians who specialize in this area are called orthopedic surgeons.

•Orthopedic surgeons are required to complete a four-year undergraduate program, followed by four years of medical school. After medical school, they must complete a five-year residency program that includes four years of orthopedic surgery and one year of training in general surgery or internal medicine.
•A board-certified orthopedic surgeon has completed training in a residency program, has practiced in a specific field of orthopedic medicine for more than two years, and has passed both a written and oral examination. Orthopedic surgeons must also complete a certain number of hours of continuing medical education coursework each year, and undergo peer review.

Training and certification are critically important, but, additionally, orthopedic surgeons should possess traits that set them apart from other surgeons. They need good physical strength, mental strength and flexibility, tact, sensitivity, a calm demeanor and dedication to their craft and to their patients.

Caring for your musculoskeletal system is our specialty. We are dedicated to treating both the young athletes and the “weekend warriors.” Our surgeons are board-certified and trained in the newest, most up-to-date technology and procedures. From the simplest sprain, to the most complex hip replacement surgery, we are here to help you.

We invite you to call to schedule a consultation appointment – whether you are concerned about a recent sports-related injury or have questions about your son’s passion for participating in football. Call us, today.


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