The word ultrasound has become synonymous with
that moment when parents get a first peek at their baby in mom’s belly.
Dr. Reed Williams is certainly familiar with the
magic associated with that kind of ultrasound – after all, his wife is an Ob/Gyn,
they have a young son, and another baby on the way.
But Dr. Williams’ preferred brand of magic is
that of musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS), and he is eager to introduce its
many benefits to patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Frisco. He completed
training in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as in
Sports Medicine, where anatomy and function are underpinnings. Dr. Williams
then went on to complete advanced training in ultrasound medicine, earning credentialing
from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
In other words, he knows how the body moves
and he is an expert in the art of using sound waves to get patients back in the
That’s just one of the interesting things we
learned about Dr. Williams, who is an Air Force brat and citizen of the world, a
former high school football star, and a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan who is living
and working in the shadow of Dallas Cowboys headquarters.
How did you decide to combine the worlds of sports
“Like a lot of kids, I played almost every
sport. If there was a signup sheet, I signed up for it. Unfortunately, my
senior year of high school I had a pretty significant ankle injury that
required several surgeries and derailed my plans to play football in college.
As sad as that might be, it opened up a whole new world to me: a world of
therapy, of physical function, of anatomy and biomechanics. That injury and
those lessons ignited the fire, and then my love of sports, science, and
helping people have fueled it since.”
You are board certified in physical medicine
and rehabilitation. What is PM&R?
“Physical medicine and rehabilitation
(PM&R), or Physiatry, is really is unlike any other medical profession. It’s
a field dedicated to a person’s function after injury; be it small or life-altering.
As a sports and musculoskeletal physiatrist I generally don’t deal in life-and-death
emergencies, which is wonderful by me, but I do deal in life – and PM&R
helps patients get back to living their lives. I want to help you pick up your
grandkids, compete in that weekend tough mudder, swim in that triathlon, and ride
your bike to work. My job is to help you keep up the activities and passions that
help you be you.”