Surgery for neck pain is possible. The level has to be quite degenerative or unstable and a diagnostic block has to yield significant relief. Two positive diagnostic blocks should be considered. The patient understands in this case, surgery (ACDF) can help but has an approximate success rate for relief of about 70%.
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.