If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you know that finding relief isn't easy. In fact, finding the source of neck pain is incredibly challenging. This is why many doctors rarely diagnose the specific source of neck pain with high confidence — there are too many possible causes, and too many of them are poorly understood.
One possible source of your pain are the knuckle-like facet joints. Each vertebra has a pair of these facet joints, and they often pop or slide in place. This can cause considerable neck pain. But it's also hard to pinpoint and diagnose. And, of course, this is only one potential source of your chronic pain.
That's why it's usually not recommended that you pursue surgical procedures as your primary source of relieving chronic neck pain. Surgeries address very specific areas of your body and may leave you with the same chronic pain you were experiencing before surgery.