On the topic of a positive story, I just wanted to share my own experience with non-surgical recovery. About six months ago I suffered a SH playing soccer, which I realize now had been developing from doing too much running and soccer and not enough core work. I'm over 40yrs old (male) and the past 3 yrs I ran 4 marathons, including Boston in 2011. Last summer I continued running 40-50mi/wk but for different reasons I did not keep up my usual core work. I had discomfort build over the summer in my lower/mid R pelvic area while running, and it got worse by the fall. Eventually I got acute SH pain in Oct while playing a soccer game in my weekly adult league. My SH was mostly self-diagnosed (I did consult with 2 orthopedic Dr's but no specialist), as it seemed to fit all the research I had done. At first I had pain to walk, cough, sneeze, get out of bed, etc. I followed a very slow and careful rehab program, starting with spin bike workouts and light weights and core work, and eventually moving up to more advanced weights (working opposing muscle groups in hips, lunges, adductors/abductors etc), yoga (heated power yoga 1/wk) and deeper transverse core work, and also in the last 2 months starting walks and then short 1-3 mi runs. This process took about 6 months total, but I did not run a step for at least 4 months (except trials down my driveway). I am now running 30-35 miles a week, very slow and easy. Mostly pain free. Some days are still "not right" running but acute pain is gone and everything is going in the right direction and I am convinced that full recovery (at least for me) is a matter of rebuilding slow and not pushing too hard too quick - and keeping up the core work. I looked at this post a number of times when my injury started, and I figured I would come back to share my non-surgical story. Good luck to all those trying to get through it.