Q&A with Dr. John Lieurance
Feb 27, 2015 11:41PM
● By Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
In this modern fast-paced world, strenuous activities and perpetual on-the-go lifestyles invariably cause unnatural strain on our bodies. This physical stress can gradually lead to harmful wear and tear on joints, muscles, tissues and tendons, culminating in serious musculoskeletal injuries.
Often, a surgical procedure with an extensive recovery period seems like the only option to heal from such injuries. However, these operations are invasive, costly, painful in the aftermath, and sometimes even unsuccessful in the long-run. Fortunately, Dr. John Lieurance, D.C., DACNB, a leading physician at Sarasota’s Gecko Joint & Spine, offers chronic pain sufferers noninvasive, therapeutic and highly effective treatment modalities.
Dr. Lieurance received his Chiropractor and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degrees from Parker College of Chiropractics, where he studied at the Carrick Institute of Neurology. Later, he earned the distinction of Chiropractic Neurologist from St. Luke’s School of Medicine, and has also been extensively trained in Ultrasound Sonography through Gulf Coast Ultrasound Institute.
I recently spoke with Dr. Lieurance in order to learn more about Gecko Joint & Spine’s innovative and alternative approach to healing a wide range of musculoskeletal health issues and injuries.
Natural Awakenings: How long have you been treating patients in the Sarasota area, and what medical services does your practice provide?
Dr. John Lieurance: I’ve been practicing medicine in Sarasota for almost 20 years now. At Gecko Joint & Spine, we offer Regenerative Orthopedic treatments, which are nonsurgical, noninvasive alternatives to [conventional modern medicine].
There are three specific types of treatments that we do: Prolotherapy (therapeutic injections into damaged tissue), Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (injection of a patient’s own blood platelets into damaged tendons or cartilage) and Stem Cell Therapy (injection of stem cells into damaged tissue). With these methods, we are able to treat osteoarthritis, cartilage damage, rotator cuff tears, muscle and tissue injuries, and spinal and pelvic issues.
NA: Can you describe how the above mentioned treatment processes work in layman’s terms?
Dr. Lieurance: We see a lot of patients who have previously been treated by other physicians. Many have either been recommended surgery or have already received surgeries that weren’t effective. Often, these patients are even considered candidates for joint replacement operations. We treat them through a system of regenerative medicine, which can repair and regenerate the damaged joints, so they don’t end up having to get surgery.
When patients walk in our door, I’m the first person they see. Initially, I perform an ultrasound, using cutting-edge technology that allows us to, not only identify the injured area of the body, but also guide the [therapeutic] needle directly to the injection site so that patients can watch the treatment process taking place live, right before their eyes.
NA: In your personal and professional opinion, what specifically sets your practice apart from other local medical establishments?
Dr. Lieurance: We have an integrative staff here at Gecko Joint & Spine, including a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), Podiatrist and Acupuncturist, as well as myself, a Chiropractic Neurologist. As far as I know, there isn’t another medical facility in Sarasota with all those different people and areas of expertise working together under one roof.
NA: What reassurance would you offer a potential new patient who is seeking treatment, but may be hesitant to try your practice’s alternative methods?
Dr. Lieurance: I’ve suffered from several injuries myself, – a torn rotator cuff, herniated disc and torn meniscus – and all of these injuries have successfully been treated by our regenerative medicine. So, I’ve personally experienced positive results, in addition to watching literally hundreds of patients receive healing through these treatments.
Our technology is not only cutting-edge, it’s the wave of the future. Soon, surgery will be considered out-of-practice, and what we do now at Gecko Joint & Spine will be the widely accepted way of treating injuries. In fact, it’s already starting to become mainstream.
Located at 2033 Wood Street #210, Sarasota. To learn more about the medical services offered through Dr. John Lieurance, visitGeckoJointAndSpine.com or AdvancedWellness.us. To schedule an appointment, call 941-330-8553.
Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is a writer and copy editor for the Sarasota-Manatee edition of Natural Awakenings. She works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer, based in Southwest FL. Her personal blog, HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com, features practical tips for embracing a fit, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.