John Pope MD MPH


Depression in Children and Teens

Top of the pageDepression in Children and TeensDepression is a serious mood problem. It’s normal for children to be moody or sad sometimes. But children who are depressed may be sad all the time. Sometimes they may seem grumpy or bored, or they may complain of...

Torticollis

Torticollis, also known as “wryneck,” occurs when a problem with the neck muscle makes the head turn to one side, lean to one side, and/or be pulled forward or backward. There are two types, congenital (at birth) and spasmodic. Congenital torticollis occurs at or shortly after birth. The neck muscle (sternocleidomastoid…

Scoliosis in Children and Teens

What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a problem with the curve in the spine . Many people have some curve in their spine. But a few people have spines that make a large curve from side to side in the shape of the letter “S” or the letter “C.” If this curve is severe, it can cause pain and make breathing difficult. The good…

Scoliometer

A scoliometer is an instrument that is used to estimate the amount of curve in a person’s spine. It may be used as a tool during screening or as follow-up for scoliosis, a deformity in which the spine curves abnormally. A scoliometer is similar to a level and is placed across the back at the peak (apex) of the curve…

Kyphosis

Kyphosis is rounding of the upper spine that causes the person to have a hunched back. In cases of severe kyphosis, the curvature can press against the nerve that runs through the spinal column and cause paralysis. Kyphosis may be present at birth (congenital) or may be caused by injury, infection, or disease. Kyphosis…