It’s barely week 2 on Dancing with the Stars, but the injury tally for season 23 of the reality dance competition is already growing.
Jana Kramer tells PEOPLE she sprained a muscle in her rib cage during Monday’s live premiere.
“I sprained my intercostal muscle. It’s very painful, and it’s hard to breath and move. My doctor recommended that I do not dance, but I’m going to anyways,” says the country star.
Kramer – who blogs about her DWTS experience exclusively for PEOPLE – is slated to perform a tango with pro dancer Gleb Savchenko to “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin DeGraw on Monday’s TV Week-themed episode. (DeGraw’s hit served as the theme song to One Tree Hill, a show Kramer starred on from 2009–12.)
Despite Kramer’s resolve to push through the pain, Savchenko expressed concern to [LINK” “” “” “0” ] about how his partner’s injury could affect their performance next week.
“I’m worried because it’s one of the things … you have to be careful,” he told the outlet. “The injury can hold you back. There’s a lot of things in the choreography we cannot do.”
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.