Patient Resources
  • Resources and Education

    Orthopedic and athletic injuries and conditions can be quite complex. This section includes hyperlinks to trusted resources that can provide specific information including definitions, signs and symptoms, potential causes, and treatment options.

    Below is a list of trusted resources you can use when researching health information on the Web.

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    The Home page of the AAOS is your source for the latest legislative, educational, healthcare policy, and research information. The site includes the by-laws and position papers of the AAOS, and the latest federal and state laws enacted that pertain to the practice of orthopaedics and medicine.

    Patient information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    This website provides information about a wide range of topics relevant to orthopedics, including information about arthritis, joint replacement, exercise, and osteoporosis. The articles are available in Spanish as well.

    American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
    The mission of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) is to provide leadership in advocacy, education and research, to achieve excellence in hip and knee patient care.

    The American Journal of Sports Medicine
    American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine publishes The American Journal of Sports Medicine. This site lists all the editions of the journal printed since May-June 1997, and allows access to abstracts of selected articles in each journal.

    American Medical Association
    Promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of the public health.

    American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
    Provides information about foot and ankle conditions, how to select proper footwear, and ways to keep your feet healthy.

    American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
    The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a national organization of orthopaedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine, including national and international sports medicine leaders.

    American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    This site provides education about a variety of conditions affecting the hand and wrist.

    The Arthritis Foundation
    For centuries men and women, young and old, have been affected by a disease about which little was known except its symptoms. But in 1948, a group of scientists and physicians came together to take action against this condition called arthritis. Perhaps heartened by breakthroughs in medicine, this community of scientists envisioned a day when a cure for arthritis would be discovered and the millions of people with arthritis would no longer suffer. Their actions resulted in the formation of the Arthritis Foundation.

    Arthroscopy Association of North America
    The AANA web site provides support services for members, including a member directory, description of the annual meeting, and other instructional courses that offer CME. Scholarships and fellowships available are listed. You can learn about the latest in arthroscopy research by searching lectures that have been presented at previous AANA meetings.

    The Ben Hogan Sports Therapy Institute
    Through performance-based rehabilitation, individualized programs, and in-depth analysis and conditioning, the Ben Hogan Sports Therapy Institute can help you fully maximize your potential.

    Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Cited in Index Medicus and Medline, this is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Only abstracts are available to nonsubscribers; full text is available to AAOS members.

    Journal of the American Medical Association
    All editorial material from The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the American Medical Association's (AMA) Archives Journals is now available online through the AMA Publications web site.

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    This U.S. Government site offers information about Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    The National Athletic Trainers' Association
    The mission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, and to advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries.

    Orthopaedic Research Society
    Promotes research and education related to orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.

  • Post-Operative Instructions
  • Patient Forms

    At Orthopedic Specialty Associates, we understand you want to have your office visit run as smoothly as possible. To help facilitate this process, we have provided our patient forms online for you to download and complete before your visit.

    Simply click on the appropriate link below to download, print, complete, and bring the forms to your appointment. In order to protect your privacy, please do not email these forms. Should you have any questions, please call us at 817-934-7048.

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  • Insurance Information

    We believe in making it easy for our patients to focus on their treatment and regaining good health. Orthopedic Specialty Associates accepts a wide range of insurance plans and various forms of payment, and will verify benefits prior to your appointment. Please call us at 817-878-5300 if you have any questions.

  • Pay a Bill

    In order to use the payment portal to pay your bill, please have your statement and billing information readily accessible. For question or payments by phone, call us at 1-800-890-6034.

  • Patient Testimonials
    Patient Testimonial: Dr. Paul Heikkinen

     

     


    Patient Testimonial: Christy Leonard

     

    Patient Testimonial: Tim Hatch

     

    Three Concussions Can't Keep Kylie Down

    Young injury sufferer gets answers to plaguing problems at Orthopedic Specialty Associates

    At the age of 10, Kylie Volentine experienced what would be the first of three concussions. An accident on the school playground in September 2013 left Kylie with persistent headaches, amnesia, severe hearing loss in both ears and the temporary inability to walk. The incident left her family lost and unable to get a clear-cut diagnosis.

    “After several months of going from one specialist to another with no real answers and no relief for Kylie, a recommendation from a family member made all the difference,” explained Kylie’s mother Emily. “My mom had seen some information on Orthopedic Specialty Associates and suggested I check them out. We were seen quickly and the staff made us feel like we weren’t stupid.”

    Kylie was examined by sports medicine specialist Damond Blueitt, M.D. After a few basic motion tests, he was able to pinpoint the cause of Kylie’s struggles.

    “On my initial evaluation of Kylie, it was obvious she was dealing with Post-Concussion Syndrome with significant vestibular and ocular impairment,” Dr. Blueitt explained. “This type of traumatic brain injury causes problems with balance and vision. Kylie was put on medication and a very limited activity regimen to relieve her headaches and promote hearing and stamina improvement. She was also prescribed vestibular and ocular rehab.”

    By January 2015, the headaches were gone and Kylie’s hearing was restored. She was playing club volleyball, until a collision with a teammate again resulted in a concussion.

    “It was like starting all over again,” Kylie said. “But this time, the headaches were worse and my eyes became blurry.”

    The Volentines turned once more to Dr. Blueitt. Another course of medication and management of the condition was underway when a mishap in the family’s pool took place in the spring of 2016. You guessed it: a third concussion.

    “We are again in the process of rehabilitation,” Emily reported. “We’re on the right track thanks to Dr. Blueitt, the staff at Orthopedic Specialty Associates and lots of prayers. Through it all, Dr. Blueitt treated and still treats Kylie as if she’s his own child. The care and time he takes to hear our concerns and look for answers is amazing. He has been studying Kylie’s case and is always looking for medication options to improve Kylie’s outcome and to get her back to being a normal, active teen.”

    Providers employed by Texas Health Physicians Group practice independently and are not employees of Texas Health Resources or its hospitals.

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