Dr. Purnell Traverso – Hand Surgeon in Margate, FL

Here at Traverso Hand, we pride ourselves on treating our patients with the utmost empathy, compassion, and precision. Dr. Purnell Traverso specializes in hand, microvascular surgery and has become the top hand surgeon in Margate. Due to his commitment to hand and medical research, Dr. Traverso has aided patients all across all of South Florida as well. Dr. Traverso has also completed research in stem cell transplantation as well as many areas of treatment of hand and wrist injuries. At Traverso Hand, we develop wrist and hand treatment plans that cater to your personal needs. Whether you deal with hand, wrist, or forearm issues and are looking for a hand surgeon in Margate, you can trust in Dr. Traverso having your best interests in mind!

Common Hand & Wrist Conditions We Treat

There are a plethora of hand and wrist conditions that we treat here in Margate. Our knowledge and expertise allow us to develop and treat most hand and wrist conditions with a treatment plan specifically geared for you. Below are a few hand and wrist conditions we treat. 

  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) protein injections
  • Excision of Ganglion Cysts
  • Trigger Finger (Stenosing Tenosynovitis) Release
  • Thumb Arthritis
  • Hand and Wrist Pain
  • Hand Numbness
  • Fractures of the Hand and Wrist

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Treatment In MargateCRPS_Fig1

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition where constant pain is experienced over an extensive period of time. Formally knows as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), this condition results in the dysfunction of the central or peripheral nervous system. The nervous system will send frequent or constant pain signals to the brain causing it to be overactive. Feelings consist of aching pains, intense burning, swelling, and changes in skin color with this condition. The causes of CRPS are unknown at this time and can form following a slight injury or after major trauma or surgery. A nerve injury could also lead to the cause of this condition. CRPS predominantly affects adults aged between 25 and 55, although, anyone can be affected. It is three times more common in women than in men.

Symptoms of CRPS include:

  • Burning sensation
  • Oversensitive skin
  • Skin temperature changes
  • Skin color and texture changes (blotchy, shiny and sometimes sweaty)
  • Joint swelling and stiffness 
  • Limited mobility of the affected body part


There is no single test to confirm if it is evident in your body or not. It is primarily diagnosed through signs and symptoms. Early diagnosis of CRPS allows for increased chances of recovery and treatment of pain-related symptoms varies depending on how much time has elapsed. As there is no cure for CRPS, our treatments can only help with alleviating pain that patients are experiencing.  These treatments will help patients resume normal use of their hands and arms. Treatments include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Medications


Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment In Margate

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome takes place when pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve or “funny bone” occurs. This causes a tingling or numbness feeling in the ring and small fingers, forearm pain, and/or weakness in the hand. The nerve runs in a groove on the inner side of the elbow, as shown in the figure on the right. 


There are a few things that can cause Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. One reason it can come about is because of direct pressure on the nerve (such as leaning your arm on an armrest). The arm, hand, and the ring and small fingers can “fall asleep” due to lack of padding and constant pressure on the nerve. Stretching the nerve because you are keeping your elbow bent for a long time can also cause CTS. Scenarios, where you keep your elbow bent for too long, can happen during sleep or while holding a phone. 

Your body structure alone can also contribute to CTS. The ulnar nerve is unable to stay in place and snaps back and forth due to a bony bump and elbow movement. Repetitive snapping can irritate the nerve. Other bodily factors affecting the nerve could also be due to thick tissue or an “extra” muscle over the nerve keeping it from working correctly.


Proper treatment starts off by avoiding all movement that causes the symptoms. Avoiding leaning on the funny bone can help as well as keeping a splint on or loosely wrapping a pillow around the elbow during sleep. A hand therapist will guide you through other ways of alleviating pain and pressure on the nerve.

To relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve, surgery will be needed in more serious cases. Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome can involve releasing the nerve, removing a part of the bone, and/or moving the nerve to the front of the elbow. Afterward, your surgeon will discuss options including therapy with various recovery times. It may take months for recovery or, in a more severe case, symptoms may persevere.

De Quervain Syndrome Treatment In Margate

De Quervain syndrome involves painful tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. If you straighten your hand you will see them pulling your thumb back. The condition narrows the tunnel where the tendons run due to the thickening of once soft tissue. The motion of your hand and thumb will cause pain.


It is not officially confirmed what causes De Quervain Syndrome. Patients of the condition describe feelings of inflammation, but the process does not involve inflammatory pressure. No matter your age, you can get De Quervain Syndrome. De Quervain Syndrome can appear in new mothers 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. It’s theorized that changes in hormones and swelling are what cause the issue.


Various treatments can be applied to relieve symptoms. A splint can be used to limit movement of your thumb and wrist. Pain-relieving medication can also be prescribed such as ibuprofen. Other treatments that attempt to change the course of the disease involve a steroid injection in the tendon compartment. Though the response to an injection varies and a change in the course of the condition isn’t guaranteed. In more severe cases, surgery could be performed to open the tunnel and make room for the tendons.

Contact Dr. Traverso At Traverso Hand for All Your Medical Hand Needs

These conditions listed above are just a few of the treatments we service at our Margate location. Look through our Conditions & Injuries page to see what other issues we provide treatment for. If you feel discomfort or notice anything abnormal in your hands, wrists, or fingers, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Traverso of Margate for hand treatment options. Dr. Traverso has provided years of excellent service and has become the top hand surgeon in Margate. To learn more or make an appointment, visit our contact page or give us a call (954) 575-8056.


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