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Maria Menounos Breaks 2 Ribs: How She’s Healing

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Maria Menounos is one tough cookie.

The Dancing With the Stars contender suffered "two broken ribs" after she fell on partner Derek Hough's knee during rehearsal. "It happened about a week before the cha cha," Hough told Us Weekly post-show Monday. "But she's doing great."

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Menounos, 33, said her partner, 26, was "a little concerned" about her health, but she was determined to keep rehearsing. "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.'"

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The Extra host is taking several precautions to ensure the injury doesn't become 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 told Us. "I can't believe how dangerous dancing is! 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!"

Menounos' injury "could take months" to heal, but she's "having shots and taking calcium and other vitamins."

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"The doctors said they can feel the bone growing and it's a good sign," Menounos told Us. "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. "

The duo scored 25/30 Monday night, tying for second place with William Levy and Cheryl Burke. The first contestant eliminated from Season 14 of Dancing With the Stars will be revealed on ABC Tuesday.

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