Sports Medicine Specialist

Ronald Hess, MS, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in West Chester, OH

For those looking to perform their best while remaining injury-free, sports medicine can help. At Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, which has three locations throughout Oxford and West Chester, Ohio, Ronald Hess, MS, DO, and his team work with athletes of all varieties, helping them recover from their injuries and push the boundaries of what is physically possible. To learn more about how sports medicine can benefit you, call the nearest office or book online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

In the world of competitive sports, every athlete looks for the best way to improve performance in order to get ahead of the competition. 

Additionally, staying healthy and recovering from injury are important factors when it comes to staying on top of your game. Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with preventing injuries, effectively treating injuries when they happen, and helping athletes achieve their peak fitness and performance. 

While elite and professional athletes are probably familiar with the wonders of sports medicine, it can also help weekend warriors and other individuals who love staying active but may not be performing at the highest levels.  

How can sports medicine help me?

Whether you are training for the Olympics or simply looking to take your game to the next level and avoid injuries, Dr. Hess and the team at Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can help you achieve your goals.

Through careful evaluation, consultation, planning, and action, you can improve your physical fitness and preparedness for activity. Additionally, as the mental component of athletics is equally important when it comes to performing at your best, the team will also assist you in achieving the mindset of a champion.  

What can I expect with sports medicine?

Sports medicine is truly a team-based approach, harnessing providers with diverse backgrounds and unique training to best help you prevent injuries, recover quickly when injuries happen, and optimize your sports performance. 

Your experience with sports medicine may include orthopedic surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitative training, and athletic training. Depending on your needs, you may work with many different providers or just one. 

To determine an effective treatment plan, Dr. Hess will review your current symptoms and medical history. He then visually examines your injury and may use X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, arthroscopy, or other imaging procedures to determine the extent of your injury and the best course of treatment. 

What injuries can sports medicine treat?

Dr. Hess and the team at Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can use sports medicine to treat a variety of acute and overuse injuries that can affect your ligaments, cartilage, and soft tissues. 

They commonly treat:

  • Knee, ankle, and other joint problems
  • Concussions
  • Fractures
  • Exercise-induced trauma
  • Torn meniscus
  • Other cartilage damage
  • ACL tears
  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears


Dr. Hess and his team take a conservative approach to care and often opt for minimally invasive, arthroscopic techniques whenever possible. Consequently, you'll experience fewer complications, less scarring, and a quicker recovery than you would with traditional surgery. 

To learn more about sports medicine and how it can help you reach your greatest potential, call Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book online today.