'Dancing With The Stars': From a muscle tear to a herniated disc, here are some of the most shocking injuries on the show
Despite the injuries, most of these contestants pulled through somehow, showing a winning attitude
From a rib injury to a muscle tear, contestants of 'Dancing With The Stars' have faced them all. Dancing is not as easy as it seems on television screens. And, because of the same, many had to leave the show.
Fans are often shown the bright side of a reality show. However, what takes place backstage is a far cry from what is aired. The contestants who overcome the hurdles with a positive attitude are the real winners. 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 31 is set to air from September 19 on Disney+. Before the new season premieres, let's take a look at some of these contestants who suffered some serious injuries.
Melissa Rycroft's disc herniation
Rycroft was practicing with her partner Tony Dovolani. After one of the dance moves, she felt severe pain in her neck and fumbled to the group, crying. The dancer was immediately rushed to the Los Angeles Hospital. Later, doctors found out that she suffered disc herniation of the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine. Gradually, she overcame the injury and even won the competition.
Misty May-Treanor's torn Achilles tendon
Misty May-Treanor is an Olympian and knows how to face things head-on. While rehearsing with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy she suffered a major injury. The doctors later informed her that her Achilles tendon was torn. That was the moment when she realized that she would not be able to perform for a long time. Misty had surgery later and took rest for nine months to fully recover. She had to quit the show due to the injury.
Ginger Zee's scary pelvis injury
Ginger Zee was rehearsing with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy on set when she injured her pelvis. She went to a therapist and go to know that her pelvis was moving all over because of the injury. At times it was an inch forward and at times an inch backward. However, Zee continued to dance, ignoring her pain. There was even a point when Zee's therapist told her that she won't be able to dance anymore if she continued to move. Zee then gave some time to herself, stopped doing lifts and hard dance moves, and thankfully got better after a few days.
Lindsey Sterling's severe rib injury
Lindsey Sterling was a front-runner on Season 25 of 'Dancing With The Stars'. Things were all going well for the violinist till she got injured during one of her rehearsals. Doctors said that she had displaced one of her ribs. However, the star didn't give up. She handled her pain and gave a powerful performance with her partner Mark Ballas. During the entire routine, she didn't let on that she was in severe pain.
Victoria Arlen's painful spasm
At the age of 11, Victoria Arlen was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and a neurological disorder, which caused inflammation in her spinal cord, leading to four years of being in a vegetative state. With a lot of self-help, she recovered, but one bad day, the ESPN host was practicing and suddenly struggled with a sharp spasm in her ribs. Arlen said that the pain was an extreme form of paralysis. She got some medical help and was able to perform that night. That day Arlen and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy got 24/30, based only on their wonderful performance. Thankfully, Arlen didn't have to face anything major.