Britain’s Got Talent’s Simon Cowell, 60, has undergone a lifestyle overhaul over the last few years, meaning the star’s in the best shape of his life. But earlier this month, the star announced he wasn’t doing so well on the health side of things, revealing he’d had a bike accident and broken part of his back.
According to reports, his treatment included having a metal rod put in his back.
He continued: “And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors.
“Some of the nicest people I have ever met.”
While Britain’s Got Talent returns to screens on Saturday, September 5, Simon will be at home making a full recovery.
How do you know if you’ve broken your back?
Symptoms of a spinal fracture vary depending on the severity and location of the injury, according to Mayfield Clinic, but symptoms may include back or neck pain, numbers, tingling, muscle spasm, weakness, bowel and bladder changes, and paralysis.
The Clinic explains: “Paralysis is a loss of movement in the arms or legs and may indicate a spinal cord injury.
“Not all fractures cause spinal cord injury and rarely is the spinal cord completely severed.”
The NHS offers some general advice for broken bones.
It says the three most common signs are pain, swelling and deformity.
The health body adds: “If you’ve broken a bone you may hear or feel a snap or a grinding noise as the injury happens.
“There may be swelling, bruising or tenderness around the injured area.
“You may feel pain when you put weight on the injury, touch it, press it, or move it.
“The injured part may look deformed – in severe breaks, the broken bone may be poking through the skin.
“You may also feel faint, dizzy or sick as a result of the shock of breaking a bone.
“If the break is small or it’s just a crack, you may not feel much pain or even realise that you’ve broken a bone.”
If you think you’ve broken a bone you should get medical help as soon as possible.