‘Feeling stronger than ever’: Strictly’s Karen Hauer updates fans as she recovers from knee injury that forced her out of finale performance
Karen Hauer has opened up about her recovery from a knee injury on Instagram on Sunday.
The Strictly star, 39, was forced out of the 2021 finale ensemble performance last month due to the injury.
But the professional dancer detailed her road to recovery on the social media platform, including that she has given up alcohol.
Working out: Karen Hauer, 39, has opened up about her recovery from a knee injury on Instagram on Sunday
Rehab: The professional dancer detailed her road to recovery on the social media platform, including that she has given up alcohol
She wrote in the caption: ‘Week 4 of my Knee rehab program. Feeling stronger, focused and more determined than ever. No alcohol, more sleep, good food, more recovery time, amazing physio.’
Alongside the caption was a video of her working out, showing her followers the work outs she does to exercise her knee.
Back in December, Karen posted on her Instagram page a video of her explaining she would not be taking part in the final ensemble routine.
Forced out: The Strictly star was forced out of the final ensemble performance last month due to the injury; pictured 2021
She said: ‘So currently I have two things wrong with my knee. So there’s a little bit of a tear on my meniscus and then there’s also a little cartilage flap behind my knee but they’re very minor so instead of an op I got a knee injection so that’s good news.’
She said: ‘I mean, I am terrified of injections and needles. I hate needles so I’m glad that it happened already.’
Crediting her boyfriend Jordan Jones Williams for being there with her, she continued: ‘I pretty much bit off Jordan’s jacket, but at least I’m not going into surgery which is good for now.
‘I need to rest for a couple of days and then I start rehab on Monday.’
Sad times: Back in December, Karen posted on her Instagram page a video of her explaining she would not be taking part in the final ensemble routine
On her plans for the next few days, she added: ‘Strengthening, conditioning which is something that I’m really looking forward to. This is very new to me.
‘I’m laying in bed and it’s almost 10am but it’ll be for my own good.’
Karen watched the Strictly semi-final from home and did not return to the dance floor for the opening performance with her fellow professionals.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, she said: ‘It’s the first time in 10 years that I’ve had to be out, that I haven’t been in the studio but I’m really happy to be clapping from home.’
Loved-up: Karen credited her partner Jordan for being there for her while she was injured and helping her at home while she was less mobile