Maks Chmerkovskiy Shares Serious Message From Doctor After MRI Results

An MRI machine and Maks Chmerkovskiy.

Getty Images Maks Chmerkovskiy shared a message from his doctor.

On February 3, 2023, “Dancing With the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a text message he received from his doctor after undergoing an MRI scan on his lower back.

“Should of [sic] been your focus many years ago when I told you that was what you needed. This is what will control your life if you don’t build a strong posterior chain especially as you are aging, other wise you are definitely f*****,” the text from Chmerkovskiy’s doctor read.

Despite the serious nature of the message, the Ukrainian native told his fans not to be “alarmed.”

“I definitely got this and there’s nothing anyone but me should worry about. Doc followed up with rehab protocol, made few arrangements and I can not wait to get tuned up,” Chmerkovskiy wrote.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Has Been Focused on Workouts to Strengthen the Muscles in His Lower Back

The DWTS pro took matters into his own hands by adding workout routines that focus on the muscles in his lower back.

“Far from the first time I’ve been hurt or had to deal with past deficiencies, or was told I’m fucked. I can not wait to get back on stage and get to moving and shaking again, so this is all actually great news,” Chmerkovskiy wrote in the caption of his Instagram post.

The Latin-ballroom dance champion included a “response” video of himself propped up on a large workout ball performing weighted leg extensions, kicking his feet in a backward motion with weights fastened to his ankles.

“This also happens to be the exact language I need to bring MY motivation levels back to 110%. Knowing myself now, I usually need this kind of text about twice a decade. Doc knows it too. Let’s f****** go,” Chmerkovskiy added.

He also teased fans that he has some “really exciting” things in store, and his posterior strengthening workouts will ensure he’s in top shape for what’s to come.

Several Fans Expressed Having Similar Lower Back Issues

Chmerkovskiy received substantial feedback on his Instagram post, with many fans commenting they’ve experienced similar issues with a weak posterior chain.

“This is the type of advice most people need. Especially those who sit a lot. The glutes are the foundation for stability and movement. As a runner and run coach I preach this daily,” one person wrote.

“I have lower back issues also with a bulging disc and SI pain. This exercise really looks like it would feel good for the lower back. I might need to try it out,” someone else added.

“I am a fellow dancer and have been recovering from lower disc issued for the last 3 years. I’m way better now but not completely healed. Will try this exercise you posted. Please keep sharing more from your recovery journey, it’ll help a lot of us,” a third Instagram user said.

“I have a compressed L2 and deal with back pain as a result. I wonder if this move will help me with getting stronger muscles in my back to support that compressed area,” a fourth comment read.

This isn’t the first time Chmerkovskiy has posted about his injuries on social media. In March 2017, he posted a selfie from Seeds Orthopaedics in Ohio, where People magazine reported he traveled for treatment after injuring his calf in rehearsals. In the photo, Chmerkovskiy is wearing a hospital gown while flashing the peace sign, an IV catheter taped to the back of his hand.

“Gettin’ un-broken…” he captioned the photo.

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