James Jordan, 40, an English ballroom dancer and choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing professional, has taken like a duck to water on BBC’s Dancing On Ice 2019. His skating abilities and performances have earned him some top scores each week, as well as a place in the semi-final this weekend. But during rehearsals this week, Jordan revealed he had sustained a serious injury. In an interview with the Daily Star he told the newspaper: “I’ve ripped open my hernia”.
He added: “I’ve also got lower back pain because of it. I’m falling to bits.
“Managing injuries is getting harder as you get older.”
What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall, says the NHS.
It further explains: “A hernia usually develops between your chest and hips. In many cases, it causes no or very few symptoms, although you may notice a sweeping or lump in your tummy (abdomen) or groin.
“The lump can often be pushed back in or disappears when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump appear.”
Other symptoms of hernia if they do occur, according to Cleveland Clinic, are:
- Swelling or bulge in the groin or scout (the pouch that contains the testicles)
- Increased pain at the site of the bulge
- Pain while lifting
- Increase in the bulge size over time
- A dull aching sensation
- A sense of feeling full or signs of bowel obstruction
If you think you have a hernia you should see your GP who may refer you to hospital for surgical treatment.
You should go to the accident and emergency (A&E) department of your nearest hospital immediately if you have hernia and experience sudden, severe pain, vomiting, difficulty passing stools or wine, or the hernia becomes firm or tender, or can’t be pushed back in, says the NHS.
This could indicate the blood supply to a section of organ or tissue trapped in the hernia has become cut off or a piece of bowel has entered the hernia and become blocked.
Since the incident an ITV spokesperson has confirmed James has been back training on the ice.
Corrie star Jane Danson has swapped the cobbles for the ice this year to take part on Dancing On Ice, but at the beginning to February the actress collapsed during rehearsals.