The £60,000 machine Andy Murray is using to fix long-term hip injury limp

Murray is using the AlterG machine to remove his limp (Picture: Getty/George Bellshaw) Arguably the most forlorn image of Andy Murray’s attempts to resurrect his playing career over the past two years has been the manner in which he’s staggered around the court.  When darting from tramline to tramline at full pelt, Murray could, at times at least, look like his former self. As the point ended, though, the infamous limp would reappear as he dragged his ailing body along while wincing.  After his latest bout of surgery – a hip resurfacing operation carried out by London hip specialist Sarah Muirhead-Allwood – Murray says he’s pain-free.  And yet, as he trudged across the grounds of The Queen’s Club 10 days ago, the limp was still present.  It’s become the norm. Every time Murray steps on his right-hand side, he expects an agonising pain to shoot through his hip. His body naturally attempts to reduce the pain by offloading the weight in an awkward shuffle. Murray has limped awkwardly around the court (Picture: Getty) The problem has not escaped Murray’s attention. As part of his rehabilitation from the hip operation he underwent six weeks ago, which he hopes can revive his top-level career, he is using expensive equipment in his home to try and tackle his pesky limp. Advertisement Advertisement  ‘I’ve got one of those AlterG machines at my house to help with my walking,’ he said.  ‘Obviously I’ve been limping for 18 months and even now that I don’t have pain, when I walk now, my initial thought when I stand up from this chair will be to limp.  ‘So I need to work on that all the time. I’m doing like 40 minutes of walking each day on this machine which allows you to adjust your body weight, so I’m walking at like 85-90 per cent of my body weight now which is good.’  But what is an AlterG machine and how will it fix Murray’s troublesome stride?  This tennis correspondent visited Move Clinics, Chiswick to find out more about the anti-gravity treadmill and why the two-time Wimbledon champion is using it.  Clinical lead physiotherapist Brittany Wawryk tells ‘It uses technology to take weight off the user as they’re running or walking or exercising. It takes off the biomechanical load through the injured structure.  ‘Part of the reason why we limp is an effort to try and offload that painful structure as well.  ‘Often when that painful structure is recovered or they’ve operated on it, you’re in that habit of limping or you’ve got an imbalance in strength of the tissue down there because you’ve used it incorrectly for a long period of time.  ‘Part of the benefit of the AlterG machine is to increase the stance phase so how much weight is over the one leg. By taking weight off and then graduating how much weight he’s putting back on, you’re able to facilitate a normal walking pattern.’ Advertisement Advertisement  To use the equipment – which costs a cool £60,000 before running costs and uses d

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