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Melissa Rycroft suffers disc herniation on 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Melissa Rycroft and pro partner Tony Dovolani on "Dancing With the Stars."

Updated at 8 p.m. PT, Monday: It was revealed during the show Monday evening that Melissa Rycroft will be able to continue in the competition.

Original story: The "Bachelor" star Melissa Rycroft was rushed to the hospital Sunday after suffering an injury during practice for this week's performance shows for "Dancing With the Stars," and now, ABC has revealed her condition.

In a statement on Monday, the network said that Rycroft "was diagnosed with a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine." ABC also noted that her "ability to perform in tonight's show will be a show-time decision." 

Her rep told E! Online that the reality personality has already been released from the hospital.

Sunday night, Rycroft's pro partner, Tony Dovolani expressed his worry on Twitter. "Really concerned about @MelissaRycroft..... we don't know if we are dancing tomorrow !!!!! Please keep us in your prayers #trouper," he wrote

Earlier Monday, Rycroft sent a message of her own via Twitter: "Thank you so much for sending your prayers.. still seeing and talking to docs this AM, will give more details soon, but thanks for your love!"

The reality personality was rehearsing for her team freestyle to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" for guilty pleasures week when the injury happened. In a video of the accident posted by People, Rycroft appears to cry out after swinging through Dovolani's legs. She was taken out of the ballroom on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital via ambulance.

In addition to her team dance with Shawn Johnson, Sabrina Bryan and Apolo Anton Ohno, she has a tango planned for the week's performances.

"Dancing With the Stars" airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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