John Pope MD


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.

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…

Scoliosis: Wearing a Brace

The cosmetic aspects of scoliosis and the braces used to treat it may greatly affect a child or teen. Teenagers may find wearing a brace devastating to their self-image. Most braces should be worn for 20 hours a day or more, usually for several years. It is very difficult to get teens to wear the brace for as many hours…

Vital Signs in Children

What are vital signs? Vital signs include heart rate, respiration (breathing rate), blood pressure, and temperature. Knowing the ranges for vital signs for your child can help you notice problems early or relieve concerns you may have about how your child is doing. The table below includes information that can help…

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…