Each week the celeb dancers and their pro partners tax their bodies with new moves they must learn quickly in a punishing and relentless schedule. Injuries are common. By the Season 13 Semifinals, every couple had some bangs and bruises, and several dancers had already received medical attention. Here’s the major injury roundup:
Ricki Lake: Ricki had the first injury of the season, tweeting a photo of her bruised leg. At first it seemed to be a twisted ankle, but it turned out that she cut her heel into her shin. Supposedly a medic showed up to take her to the hospital, but she didn't need it. Overkill? Maybe the doctors just wanted to time themselves getting to the studios, since injuries happen so often on this show.
Later in the season, Ricki was feeling more pain. "I have bad knees," Ricki told USA Today. "I never had knee issues until I started dancing four hours a day." She also injured her rib while preparing for her high-scoring Week 6 Quickstep. A doctor visited her in Week 7 rehearsals and said and she had an inflamed nerve causing a deep sharp pain in her chest. He said if she were any other athlete they’d take her out of commission for a week, but she soldiered on.
Elisabetta Canalis: Elisabetta dislocated her shoulder while practicing with Val Chmerkovskiy but, strangely enough, she wasn’t phased. "It happens all the time," Elisabetta said on Ellen. "Since I was a little kid." When her shoulder pops out, she just pops it back in. Sadly Elisabetta's shoulder trick couldn't save her from elimination on Week 2.
Derek Hough: Speaking of popping shoulders, the same thing happen to Derek before the Week 4 Results Show. Derek dislocated his shoulder, telling On the Red Carpet, "it popped in and out." But he still continued to dance on Tuesday night because it was so important to him to dance with his sister, Julianne Hough, for her big return to the ballroom.
Chaz Bono: Chaz started having knee and ankle problems right away and pain still seems to be a big issue for him. His partner, Lacey Schwimmer, had her physical therapist drive in to give him some treatment and Chaz's mom, Cher, also sent her doctors to help. After the Week 4 Results Show, Lacey and Chaz reeled off their list of pain remedies. "Ice, Aleve, massage, a little physical therapy, acupuncture," Chaz said. Lacey went into great detail about the things they’ve tried, including something called "cupping."
Tony Dovolani: Tony limped into the Celebriquarium after his Week 4 Tango with celeb partner Chynna Phillips because he was still injured from the sprained ankle he suffered during dress rehearsals Monday night. According to TV Guide, Tony's ankle twisted on the floor after the crew did a test run of the dreaded smoke machine. "The fog sometimes leaves a little oil slick in its wake," said one staffer. "It can really be slippery." That thing is the real psycho killer! It wasn’t Tony’s first big injury of the season, either. The week before, Tony hurt his shoulder and his best friend Maksim Chmerkovskiy drove him to the hospital, while they were attacked by paparazzi.
J.R. Martinez: Just two days before the Week 9 Semifinals, J.R. twisted his ankle in rehearsals. He twisted it again during his second of three routines that week and it affected his scores. After the Week 9 Results Show he toldE! "The ankle feels a lot better. I got some time to rest. I got an X-ray done this morning. The doctor said it's negative and that everything looks good. Now, it's about being strategic: making sure I take care of, wrap it properly and continue to dance!"
Hope Solo: On Week 9, Hope revealed she has 13 anchors in her shoulder. She had surgery to fix her severe shoulder injury, just nine months before the 2011 Women's World Cup, which was held over the summer. As The Seattle Times reported, Hope "had been playing with a 360-degree tear of the labrum — a devastating, potentially career-ending injury for overhead athletes (e.g. volleyball, tennis).
The injury was even more complicated with a biceps tendon detached from her shoulder, broken bones, a worn-down joint and a lack of cartilage, among other issues." To get healthy, the story said she endured "countless hours of grueling treatment and seemingly never-ending therapy." A doctor gave her a major shot for the DWTS Season 13 semifinals, even though she said she had been saving it for the Olympics.