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We knew Carrie Underwood was seriously injured in that fall late last year, but a new X-ray of her wrist shows us just how bad it really was.

She shared the image on Instagram, and you can see the serious piece of hardware keeping her wrist attached to her hand. It’s even got attachments that allow her to bend her hand at the wrist.

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Oh, we told you this wasn’t for the faint of heart.

It looks like Carrie has handled the surgery and rehab like a pro. She thanked her medical staff in the Insta caption, saying, “Last checkup on the old wrist this morning!! Thanks, Dr. Wurth and my PT angel, Renee, a.k.a. ‘Bulldog’ for fixing me up!!! 😉 I’m good to go!”

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Carrie’s fans were super-supportive in the comments, wishing her well in the recovery process and looking forward to seeing her back onstage very soon.

Other fans had some fun commenting on the shape of Carrie’s new piece of heavy metal. One, @geoff_laurence, said, “Looks like someone snuck a little back scratcher in your wrist.” Another fan, @sandys9999, chimed in saying, “Looks like they put part of a guitar in there …”

Carrie’s relationship with her fans has always been very special. After all, they are the ones who voted for her to win “American Idol” back in 2005, enabling her to go on and launch her career. As she’s been healing, Carrie has been keeping up with all of her fans’ well wishes.

She shared a special message from a few of her biggest fans on Twitter on Jan. 18, just hours before she went in for that final checkup with her wrist doctor.

The tribute consists of a bunch of Carrie fans holding up individual letters that collectively spell, “Carrie, you are beautiful” and “We love you!”

Carrie writes, “You guys are so sweet! This makes me feel so good! Thank you!”

On the music front, Carrie just released the new song, “The Champion,” featuring a cameo from rapper Ludacris. She shot a video for the song last year, and it will premiere prior to this year’s Super Bowl game on Feb. 4. Look for “The Champion” to be featured in NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Winter Games next month as well.

Of course, “The Champion” would have been a great soundtrack for Carrie’s own physical therapy sessions on her wrist, but we doubt she’d rock out to her own song. That might be a little weird.

“The Champion” will hopefully tide Carrie’s fans over until she starts releasing music from her upcoming studio album. She’s been writing and recording the project for the past few months now.

Carrie Underwood’s new photo reveals just how seriously she was injured in that fall Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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