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...

Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis

In spinal fusion for scoliosis, rods, hooks, wires, or screws are attached to the curved part of the backbone and the spine is straightened. Small pieces of bone, called grafts, are then put over the spine. Bone for grafts is often taken from the person’s pelvic bone. The grafts will grow together with the spinal bone…

Congenital Torticollis

What is congenital torticollis? Torticollis, also known as “wryneck,” is a condition in which your baby’s head is tilted. The chin points to one shoulder, while the head tilts toward the opposite shoulder. Treatment is necessary to prevent your baby’s face and skull from growing unevenly and to prevent limited motion 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…