John Pope MD MPH


Thermometers

These are examples of commonly used thermometers. Ear thermometers use infrared energy to measure body temperature. The small cone-shaped end of the thermometer is placed in the ear, and body temperature shows on the digital display. The results appear within seconds. Some models also show the corresponding oral and…

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…

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…

Body Temperature

Body temperature is a measure of your body’s ability to make and get rid of heat. The body is very good at keeping its temperature within a safe range, even when temperatures outside the body change a lot. When you are too hot, the blood vessels in your skin widen to carry the excess heat to your skin’s surface. You may…

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curve in the spine. The spine curves from side to side in an “S” or “C” shape rather than being straight. The spine also may be twisted.