i'm a 45 yr old male, active and fit. i herniated C7 in late may 2010. have no tingling sensation but definite weakness in right pinky finger, and overall grip strength. Neuro wanted to do surgery even though there was no cord compression. i opted for the conservative approach and got steroid shot under floroscopy. got major relief from pain, but it's been 7-8 weeks and have only minor strength improvement in pinky finger. i've been told it could take 5-6 mos for full strength to return,possibly longer, if at all. Does anyone have an idea of the timeframe for this? What's average...normal?