Patient Stories

Frank A. Pettrone, MD

Basketball guard Marquise Moore is accustomed to playing through pain. During high school in Queens, he battled jumper’s knee – an inflammation of the patellar tendon that afflicts many high-level athletes. By the time he entered George Mason University (GMU) in 2013, his condition had worsened “I played my freshman season in constant pain,” the 22-year-old recalls. “Every movement hurt – bending, sliding, running, jumping – it all took a toll.”

Marquise turned to OrthoVirginia surgeon Frank Pettrone, MD, GMU’s long-time head team physician, who performed a diagnostic arthroscopic exam of the knee joint, debridement of the chondral tissue damage and debridement of the damaged patellar tendon area.

Following his surgery, Marquise spent six months working to restore strength and range of motion in his knee. “It was tough, but I stuck to the process and knew what I wanted to achieve,” he says. “I had surgery in June and was back on the basketball court by mid-October for my sophomore season.” 

Over the next two years, Marquise suffered several ankle injuries that stretched the lateral ligaments and caused ankle instability. Dr. Pettrone recommended a bone stimulator to address fluid retention and contusion in the talus (the large bone in the ankle) andplatelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to improve vascularity and accelerate healing.This specialized process involves taking blood from the patient, spinning it down to harvest growth factor-rich platelets, then injecting the platelets directly back into the injured tissue, under ultrasound guidance.

The treatment, coupled with progressive weight-bearing exercises, allowed Marquise to return to play his senior year at GMU and set records as an Atlantic 10 guard. Soon, he hopes to play in the NBA.