A disc herniation at C7-T1 compresses the C8 nerve. This nerve supplies the hand and is one of the most persnickety nerves to recover from a compression without surgery. I am happy to hear that your strength is improving but I generally operate on the C8 nerve more quickly that the others due to the poorer potential recovery of this nerve.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.