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...

Knee: Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a knee problem that causes pain and swelling in the shinbone (tibia) just below the kneecap (patella). This is the spot where the patellar tendon attaches to a bony mound in the knee called the tibial tubercle. The disease is caused by too much stress on the muscles and tendons that support…

Rectal Temperature

A rectal thermometer is the most accurate way to take a temperature. To take a rectal temperature: Apply a lubricant jelly or petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, on the bulb of the thermometer, so that you can insert it easily. Choose a quiet place so that the child won’t be distracted or move around too much. When…

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a problem with the curve in your spine. In scoliosis, your spine makes a large curve from side to side in the shape of the letter “S” or the letter “C.” The spine may also be twisted (rotated). If this curve is severe, it can cause pain and make it hard to breathe. Most cases of scoliosis are mild and don’t…

Brace (Orthotic) Treatment for Scoliosis

Brace (orthotic) treatment for scoliosis is used to prevent spinal curve progression and to maintain a more normal appearance of the back. The goal of brace treatment is to prevent the curve from getting worse. Bracing does not correct a curve. There may be some initial straightening of the spine and the appearance of…