March 27, 2012 02:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Talk about a tough competitor! Maria Menounos may have broken two of her ribs while rehearsing with partner Derek Hough, but the Extra host isn’t about to let a few bones come between her and the coveted disco-ball trophy on ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars. Find out how Menounos manages to “power through” the injury and when doctors expect her to recover, after the jump.
“It happened about a week before the cha cha,” Menounos’ pro dance partner Derek Hough tells Us Weekly of her injury, adding that even with a couple of broken ribs, Maria is “doing great.”
Though Hough was “a little concerned” about her condition, Maria, 33, says that for her, quitting was never an option. “I kept saying, ‘We are not talking about this! We are dancing. I am having the best time of my life and I need to power through.’”
Powering through, however, requires a lot of precautions to prevent the injury from becoming more serious. “I’m icing when I get home. My friend Joe drives me from rehearsals and I have a pedicure station with ice in it in my car, so I ice my whole body down. Once I get home, I get in a hot tub and in an Epsom salt bath,” Menounos reveals.
“I can’t believe how dangerous dancing is!” says the Extra host. “I told Derek, ‘I don’t understand! I played ice hockey, football, basketball — when did I get so fragile?’ Unfortunately, the Hough’s too rough!”
Her ribs “could take months” to fully heal, but in the meantime, in addition to the ice and hot baths, Menounos is also “having shots and taking calcium and other vitamins” to help the process.
“The doctors said they can feel the bone growing and it’s a good sign,” says Menounos. “The doctor told me to rest but I said there is no way I can quit. I have been just doing the best I can.”
See if her best was good enough to get her through to another week of competition when the Dancing With The Stars Results Show airs tonight on ABC.
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