John Pope MD


Eye Problems, Noninjury

Many people have minor eye problems, such as eyestrain, irritated eyes, or itchy, scaly eyelids ( blepharitis ). These problems may be ongoing (chronic) but usually aren’t serious. Home treatment can relieve the symptoms of many minor eye problems. See a picture of the eye . Common eye problems Common types of eye…

Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Strengthening Exercises

Straight-leg raises to the front Lie on your back with your good knee bent so that your foot rests flat on the floor. Your affected leg should be straight. Make sure that your low back has a normal curve. You should be able to slip your hand in between the floor and the small of your back, with your palm touching the…

Crying, Age 3 and Younger

Crying lets others know when a young child is hungry, wet, tired, too warm, too cold, lonely, or in pain. If your child is crying, try to identify the type of cry. It helps to go through a mental checklist of what might be wrong—but remember that there may be nothing bothering your child—and to make sure your child is…

Spinal Curves in Scoliosis

Doctors use X-ray images of a person’s spine to measure spinal curvature. A curve or angle of the spine is measured in degrees and describes how severe the curve is. (The angle is determined by the intersection of lines projected from the top and bottom of the curve.) If the spine is straight, there is no angle; this…

Toothache and Gum Problems

Describes toothache. Lists symptoms and possible causes. Also describes gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontal disease. Includes interactive tool to help you decide when to call a doctor. Offers prevention tips.