The former Little House on The Prairie star was taken to hospital during Monday’s (09Apr12) performance episode after she hit her head during a routine with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
She later took to Twitter.com to tell fans, “I’m alright. Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.”
Her injury meant she missed her appearance on the results show the following night, when it was revealed viewers had voted to keep her in the contest for another week.
Host Tom Bergeron told the audience, “Melissa is not here. She did suffer a mild concussion. On her doctor’s advice she is taking a rest day.”
Chmerkovskiy added, “I really do hope she’s OK. She’s a fighter, a trooper. I’m looking forward to next week. She’s looking forward to next week. But she’s a little sedated so she doesn’t know what she’s looking forward to.”
TV star Sherri Shepherd and Maksim’s brother Val Chmerkovskiy were eliminated.