About the Expert
Dr. Butler is a specialist in interventional pain management and sports medicine. He began his medical training at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed his residency and fellowship at John Peter Smith Hospital. Throughout his career, Dr. Butler has worked as a team physician for several local high schools, as well as with Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred, local rodeos, and Golden Gloves Boxing.
What Is Pain Management and Why Is It Important?
Understanding pain is the first step in managing it. The goal of pain management is to minimize pain, rather than eliminate it because quite often it’s not possible to completely do away with pain. Two other goals of pain management are to improve function and increase the quality of life. These three goals go hand-in-hand. Pain management is important because it allows patients suffering from chronic pain to explore all their treatment options before committing to surgery. At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute we offer most treatment options under one roof for the convenience of our patients. There are many suitable treatment options for patients to choose from, including but not limited to physical therapy, manipulations, medications, procedures, injections,
Do I Need a Referral to See You as a Patient?
In many cases you DO NOT need a referral from another provider to see one of our pain management specialists. You can simply call our office directly to schedule an appointment. The practice accepts most major insurance plans, and we have dedicated staff to help you figure out what’s covered by your particular plan.
What Should I Expect at My First Appointment?
As a pain management specialist, I begin every new patient appointment with a complete pain evaluation. This includes developing a medical history, reviews of any tests or bloodwork, and a physical examination to help me better understand your pain. This initial evaluation is one of the most important parts of the pain management process because a full and complete assessment is a key component in developing a customized treatment plan. No matter the cause of pain or how long it has been present, a patient should expect to have a better understanding of their pain and treatment options after the initial evaluation.
What Pain Conditions Do You Treat?
Throughout my 15-year career, I’ve treated many acute and chronic pain conditions, and have successfully helped my patients manage neck and back pain, joint pain, headaches, nerve pain, and pain caused by injury or accidents. If a patient’s condition is something I can’t treat, I’ll work to get them set up with an appropriate specialist.
Do You Have a Professional Mission Statement?
My focus is to decrease a patient’s pain while increasing their productivity, minimizing medication use, maximizing physical activity, and improving their overall quality of life. I believe quality care is first achieved by performing a thorough physical exam and taking a detailed history of the patient to obtain the right diagnosis. Once diagnosed, I provide new patients with detailed information about their diagnosis and spend quality time with them making sure they understand everything. From that point, we work together to move forward with an individualized treatment plan. Often by the time a patient sees me, they’ve been to multiple doctors and may have given up on ever having their quality of life back. I want to partner with them and help them live a full, meaningful life again.
What Are Some of Your Contributions Outside of Your Daily Clinical Practice?
I strive to give back to the communities I serve and look for opportunities where I can personally impact individuals and their health. This includes participating in local health fairs, serving on local healthcare boards and committees, and supporting different programs and charities within the local community.