Effective May 27 2020

As a result of the excellent response in Australia to COVID 19, restrictions have been relaxed earlier than expected. HOWEVER, we still need to be vigilant as COVID is a highly contagious virus and could quickly escalate again.

At MP Sports Physicians, we will continue to offer telehealth appointments to all patients. We will also continue to offer face to face appointments.

We ask that you do not attend our clinic if you are unwell. Your appointment may still be able to be undertaken via telehealth from home.

We ask that, wherever possible, ONLY ONE person attend each appointment to reduce waiting room contact.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the rooms and adhere to cough/ sneeze etiquette.

Please let us know at the time of booking whether you prefer face to face or telehealth. Both styles of appointment are equally effective. Telehealth is highly recommended for those over 70 or with pre existing medical conditions.

 Thank you.

Painful Heels


Sciatica is an all-encompassing term to describe pain felt in the leg referred from a spinal source.

Technically, it implies involvement of the sciatic nerve or of its nerve roots at the spine.
When this occurs, the pain is described as lancinating, burning and severe. The patient will be able to draw a line with one finger to trace the pain. There may be true numbness or weakness in the distribution of the affected nerve.
In these cases, the pain results from irritation of the spinal nerve, most commonly from a disc protrusion. Interestingly, the pain can often be just as severe with a relatively minor disc injury as it can be with complete nerve compression.
However, there are numerous other structures that can present with leg pain. Generally, the referral pattern will be a little more vague and is unlikely to be linear. Although there may be some alterations in sensation or feelings of pins and needles, there is no demonstrable nerve dysfunction on clinical examination.
Considerations for this diagnosis include gluteal tightness, gluteal tendinopathy, facet joint related pain, sacroiliac joint pain and pain emanating directly from a lumbar disc (without nerve root involvement).
Careful examination will definitely help to differentiate these and it is important to remember that most cases of back related leg pain do not need an MRI scan. Seeing pathology on a scan does not imply causality. In fact, it is rare to see a normal spinal MRI, even in someone with no symptoms. Clinical examination holds much more value.

CoFIT19 – Keep moving in your bubble!

It’s a really tough time for some… and that’s ok.

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Anti inflammatories are one of the most effective medication groups for the treatment of musculoskeletal injury and pain.
As with all medications, they do have potential side effects.
As with all medications they can be used safely, but with care.
Issues with anti inflammatories
1. Tummy upset. Prolonged use of these tablets can cause gastritis, reflux and even stomach ulcers. There are some tummy protective versions available if the symptoms are mild. We can also use acid reducing medicine to protect your stomach. Unfortunately, we would not ever recommend using anti inflammatories if you have had a stomach ulcer or have inflammatory bowel disease.
2. Risk of heart attack. This is most marked in males and post menopausal females. The risk is worse if you have other risk factors such as a strong family history, are a smoker, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. There are some anti inflammatories with lower risk, but we do aim to use them for as short a time as possible and not at all if you have other issues.
3. Risk to the kidneys. Because the kidneys metabolise the medication, if they are not functioning well, anti inflammatories can directly damage them further or indirectly damage them through effects on blood pressure and fluid retention.
4. Risk of bleeding. While this is rare, we avoid anti inflammatories before surgery or if you are on any other blood thinning medication.
5. Asthma. Some types of asthma can be worsened by anti inflammatories.

Luckily there are alternatives. Where possible, we use natural options such as supplements. We also have an in depth understanding of the use of topical (cream) compounds to manage pain and alternative medications that will prevent any issues with your other medical conditions and still effectively manage your injury and pain.


A message from Dr Leesa – Telehealth

Click the link below to view a video message from our practice principal Dr Leesa Huguenin

A message from Dr Leesa (Video link)


To our valued patients,


Effective March 23 2020

Please note, although the Victorian Government has allowed essential services to continue, in order to reduce risk to our staff and patients, the policy of this clinic is to provide medical services via telehealth.

This can be performed via telephone or via the internet as a face to face via the Zoom app.

At the present time, we will continue to offer any necessary procedures in the rooms.  In this case, we ask that you attend on your own – no other person can be in our rooms with you.

Please be aware that the situation with COVID 19 is constantly changing and  this policy may need to be updated at any time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Please stay safe, isolate, protect your family and remember to wash your hands.


The MP Sports Physicians Team

Internet/Phone Appointments



To our patients and referrers,

 To help reduce the spread of COVID 19 and help keep you safe, we have altered our practice structure

Each of our Doctors will only consult from one location until further notice.

Narre Warren – Dr Sachin Khullar, Dr Chris Lim, Dr Mona Shabghareh

Frankston –  Dr Danielle Hope, Dr Alice McNamara, Dr Chris Hasenkam

Mornington – Dr Leesa Huguenin, Dr Prasanna Gamage

 If you cannot make it to the location of your current doctor, you are more than welcome to consult with a different doctor  or utilise our telehealth options.

Our Doctors will resume their usual consulting locations when it is medically safe to do so.

 Thank you for your understanding.

Coronavirus policy:

If you are experiencing flu like or respiratory symptoms please do not attend our clinic.

Patients who have returned from overseas travel, or who have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days after they have returned, or 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

If you are unwell, you will be offered a Telehealth consultation

We are equipped to do phone or internet consultations to prevent viral spread. 

Please notify our  reception if you wish to enable this for your appointment.

All other patients and visitors to our clinic, please ensure you make use of the hand sanitiser provided.