First of all, let me say that I'm a newbie to the site. When I was 7 years old I was diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis in the lumbar region, specifically in L4. This, among other problems that were successfully solved after surgery, caused quite a lot of thinning of the disc between L3-L4 and also a bit between L5-S1.
I'm now 19 and a few weeks ago I suffered from debilitating back pain which made it hard for me to even stand up or sit for prolonged times, however this pain has gone almost completely by itself. After checking with my doctor he told me that I also suffer from hyperlordosis and suggested me to wear a corset so that my exaggerated curvature would not cause faster thinning of the discs. He also said that I don't need to go see a physical therapist, though I feel like some exercise could help me greatly.
Thus, I wanted to ask you if it is a good idea to engage in simple exercises like pull ups or planks aimed at strengthening the core muscles, so that they could better support the spine. Right now these muscles seem quite weak to me since I have a mostly sedentary life and don't do any physical activity.
On an unrelated note, do you think I can hope in advancements in stem cell injections to cure degenerative disc disease?
Thank you for all your replies.