Dr. Purnell Traverso – Hand Surgeon in Boca Raton, FL

One of the best features of our bodies is our hands. We use them day-to-day and they’re an integral part of the various functions of our existence. We pride ourselves at Traverso Hand in diagnosing and treating hands with empathy, compassion, and precision. Dr. Traverso, who has researched in numerous areas of hand and wrist injury treatment, has years of experience remedying various ailments and major issues of the hand.  Because of his training and expertise, Dr. Traverso has become one of the top hand specialists in South Florida. Regardless of the issue, we devise treatments and plans suited for your needs here at Traverso Hand. Whatever problems you’re encountering with your hands and/or wrists, it’s guaranteed that we can alleviate your pain and get you on track to healthy hands. Trust the leading hand surgeon in Boca Raton, Dr. Purnell Traverso.

Common Conditions We Treat

Hand and Wrist Pain

Not all wrist and hand pain requires care. Minor pain and sprains are usually well tended to by application of ice, rest and OTC painkillers. But if the pain’s consistency lasts longer than a few days or becomes worse, see a doctor. The longer you wait for needed treatment, poor healing and other issues contributing to the pain will visit periodically or become permanent.

Often caused by sprains or fractures from injuries, wrist pain can also result from long-term problems such as repetitive stress, arthritis, and other conditions. These can lead to symptoms involving various pains rooting from different issues. 


Sudden impacts and repetitive stress are inconveniences that can lead to minor wrist pains. Without proper treatment, though, they can become a bigger issue down the line. Wrist pain/injuries can follow after falling onto an outstretched hand causing sprains, strains, and fractures. Stress-related problems usually occur due to repetitive wrist motion activity (daily typing on the computer, as an example). These repetitive actions can inflame the tissues surrounding joints and can even cause fractures.

Arthritis Treatment In Boca Raton

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are also occasional occurrences in wrist pain. Osteoarthritis usually occurs in the aftermath of a past wrist injury. It causes the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones to deteriorate over time. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a problematic illness where the immune system attacks its own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is common in both wrists. 

Because of many factors leading to wrist pain, an exact diagnosis can be difficult to make. With Traverso Hand’s team of specialists, however, identifying the issue is no problem.

There are quite a few of both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to treat arthritis. Through nonsurgical means the application of ice and heat, pain medication, splinting and steroid injections will usually resolve the condition. Surgery will either involve the removal of a bone or connecting bones together. Additionally, some tendons will be moved to secure or cushion the bone. After surgery, a splint or cast will be worn for several weeks.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment In Boca Raton

This common issue is caused by repetitive stress and wrist motion. It can occur because you spend too much time at the desk typing or daily handheld use of items that involve consistent 

hand/wrist motions (cooking, playing video games, etc.). Within the wrist, there is a space called the carpal tunnel where the median nerve and tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. Pain from carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is caused by pressure on the Median nerve due to consistent tensions caused in the wrist area. You may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if you feel pain, numbness, tingling, have a weak grip and a tendency to drop things. Options for treatment involve:

  • Therapy for the patterns of hand use to reduce pressure on the nerve.
  • Wearing a splint to limit hand motion. This could also be worn during sleep.
  • Steroid injections to  reduce swelling around the nerve

At the leading hand surgeon in Boca Raton, Traverso Hand, we can be of assistance in regards to carpal tunnel syndrome treatment. Surgery may be needed to alleviate pain in the wrist if symptoms persist. The pressure is relieved by cutting the ligament that forms on top of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand. After surgery, soreness around that area may last for weeks or months. In severe cases, CTS symptoms may not go away entirely after surgery. 

Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger occurs when one or more of your fingers are stuck in a curled/bent position. They can bend or straighten with a snap – similar to how a trigger is pulled and released. Also known as Stenosing Tenosynovitis, Trigger Finger happens when inflammation occurs within the area surrounding the tendon of the affected finger. Depending on its severity, the finger can get locked in a bent position.

It is not known exactly what causes Trigger Finger but it is believed that it is caused by repetitive gripping. It also happens to be more common in women. Its treatment varies depending on the severity.

Some symptoms of Trigger Finger include:

  • Finger stiffness
  • A bump in the base area of the finger connected to the palm
  • Cracking, popping sensation as you move your finger
  • Finger is locked in a curled/bent position and suddenly pops straight. Or is stuck in a bent position and cannot straighten.

Trigger Finger Treatment In Boca Raton

Any of your fingers can be affected by Trigger Finger, including the thumb. Treatment for Trigger Finger is usually performed by non-surgical means. Resting the finger and taking OTC medication usually helps to alleviate its pain. Splinting may be applied by any medical professional to allow movement of the top portion of the affected finger without moving the part closest to their palm. Exercising the hand and applying ice will also help treat Trigger Finger. Retainment of your finger’s normal function can come back in a couple of weeks or so if these treatments help.

If, however, you are still experiencing a Trigger Finger, a doctor will recommend surgery if the finger becomes permanently bent in a position. In surgery, the goal is to open the pulley at the base of the finger so that your tendons aren’t restrained. The popping will cease and depending on the severity, finger motion will return quickly or some stiffness will still be evident. Hand therapy may be required after surgery to regain proper use. Your Boca Raton hand surgeon, Dr. Traverso, will walk you through the optimal options for treatment.

Ganglion Cyst Treatment In Boca Raton

The Ganglion Cyst will form over a joint or tendon. It’s a sac filled with a thick, colorless jellylike fluid. Depending on its size, it will feel either firm or spongy. The cyst is not harmful but it will cause discomfort and pain if left untreated. Ganglion cysts are more common in women and occur between the ages of 20-40 years old. They appear more commonly on the back of the hand at the wrist but can also develop on the palm side. Their cause is unknown but it’s believed that trauma causes the tissue of the joint to form small cysts – combining into a larger one. They may or may not be painful. They may also go away at some times only to reoccur again later.

The best treatment options will be advised by Dr. Traverso. Surgery is not always necessary. If pain is followed by the presence of the cyst, then anti-inflammatory medication or splints will be applied. The insertion of a needle to decompress the cyst will also likely be applied. If none of these practices prove to rid the cyst, then surgery will be required. The removal of the cyst through surgical means requires meticulous attention in not only its removal but also the removal of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. Surgical treatment is generally successful, but cysts can still reoccur in its place.

Trust The Top Hand Surgeon In Boca Raton With Dr. Traverso And Traverso Hand

The above conditions mentioned are only a few of the variety of issues that exist that we offer treatment for. For more info about different conditions, click here. Dr. Traverso is the leading hand surgeon in the South Florida area. If you are looking for a hand surgeon in Boca Raton, look into Traverso Hands for your needs. To learn more or inquire, reach out to us at 954-575-8056 or visit our contact page.


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