An MRI is performed. A herniated disc in the cervical region is found and you are now on your path to epidural nerve blocks, pain medication and worst of all, an unnecessary surgery or two. I have heard this story so many times, it is sickening. But with a little knowledge, I believe you can prevent yourself from going down this very slippery path. If you experience pain, numbness and even tingling to your hand, palm, thumb and fingers, try stretching the forearm flexor muscles. Furthermore, by lowering the computer keyboard and mouse tray, you also reduce the unnecessary stress and tension in your shoulders, forearms and wrists during extended computer work. If you continue to experience pain, numbness and tingling to the hand and palm, despite wearing a wrist brace at night, stretching the forearm muscles and modified your computer station, perhaps it is time to consult with a chiropractor who specializes in坐骨神經 soft tissue treatment such as Active Release Technique.The general population has been led to believe that if you have numbness in the hand it must be coming from a herniated disc. Understanding what nerves innervate different parts of the hand and what can cause these nerves to trigger numbness is the key to getting the appropriate treatment versus taking a path to surgery because no other treatment protocol worked so surgery is your last resort.Let's start with the premise that the cause of your numbness is coming from a herniated disc. Herniated discs cannot cause a symptom in the hand. It can only create a symptom in the hand if it is impinging on a cervical nerve root. These are the extensions of the spinal cord that come out at every level of the spine and innervate only a very specific area of skin. The nerve roots that affect the hand are C6, C7 and C8. The C6 nerve root could create an altered sensation only in the thumb. The C7 nerve root in the middle finger and and C8 the pinky. That is it. If your numbness is in any other part of the hand, the numbness cannot be coming from a nerve root impingement caused by a herniated disc at the cervical spine.