I have a weak L3 (the 3rd disc up from my pelvis) - that is, it is given to pressing against the nerve, causing discomfort (no actual pain, as yet) locally and, when I don't pay attention for long periods, further across the muscles in my back.
This has caused me to significantly reduce weight carrying and my physiotherapist has advised me with a couple of exercises to strengthen my "core".
Are there any exercises this community can recommend which I can use to strengthen the muscles around the lower back and "core" in general which will aid in supporting the problem area and (specifically) avoid putting undue load/stress on it?
Given my limited physiology knowledge, this supplemental question would seem to appropriate: Are the following good/advisable "core" strengthening exercises...
I have consulted my GP and my physical therapist and will continue to do so. I ask here a knowledgeable and passionate community their advice and experience while not implying that I would discard input from medical professionals.
EDIT: The exercises I’ve been given are...
- The bridge
- Curl Up (opposite of the curl down)