updated 10/12/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/13/2011 AT 1:45 PM ET
Although the older Hough, 26, says he got through his performance with the help of cortisone shots, he says he’ll heal completely only the help of a woman’s TLC.
“I just need a nice lady to take care of me,” he told PEOPLE backstage after Tuesday night’s show. “That’s all I need.”