Re: what's the best way...
DDD occurs in everyone - to some degree. At some point, as we age, all people have some degree of degenerative disc disease -it's a natural part of aging. For some people they will never have symptoms of this - all depends on which way the degeneration occurs, if nerves end up impinged, etc.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08