I'm posting this for my girlfriend who isn't on EpicSki.
My girlfriend injured her sacroiliac joint (SI joint) in July of 2008 at work, while working with a violent special ed student. It has since been a very long and painful road to recovery, with several different doctors and physical therapists all having various opinions on the specifics of the injury and how to treat her particular case. One physical therapist said skiing will be fine and another said she would recommend against it (this was last fall, when the injury was relatively fresh).
She decided to sit the 08/09 ski season out to focus on the healing process. Further her left leg was weaker as a result of the injury.
Just over a year from the incident, her back/SI joint has greatly improved. She has full strength back in her leg, can go without taking any pain medication and is exercising pain free on a regular basis.
That said, we are both extremely excited about the opportunity to ski together this season. She has decided to take a VERY calculated and cautious approach to the upcoming ski season. She is begining to do light weight training and cardio, ensuring that she is not causing any aggrivation in her back.
I just wanted to reach out to EpicSki and see if anyone else here has had experience with this particular injury and its realtionship to skiing. The injury is very mysterious to say the least, and she wants to do everything she can, training wise, to prepare herself to ski and reduce the chances of re-injuring her SI joint.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!