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Preparing for Your Annual Checkup

You may only see your primary care doctor once a year - so it's important to make that time count. Health questions may arise throughout the year, but you might forget to ask them at your appointment. 

We want you to make the most out of your annual checkup by showing up prepared.

Watch UPMC HealthBeat to learn tips about visiting with your primary care doctor such as:


A Swimmer's Race for TOS Relief

Lois has been swimming all her life. By her junior year of high school, she needed surgery to repair several torn muscles in her right shoulder. However, after surgery Lois began to develop tingling and numbness in her right fingers. When her symptoms became worse, Lois went to an orthopaedic hand specialist. The hand specialist determined she either had carpal tunnel syndrome or thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) a disorder that induces compression of the artery, vein, or nerves in the upper chest region.

Lois tried physical therapy, but when her symptoms persisted, her doctor referred her to Michael Singh, MD, chief of Vascular Surgery at UPMC Shadyside. After confirming her diagnosis of TOS, Dr. Singh recommended a short course of focused physical therapy which can eliminate the need for surgery for many patients.

However, after two months of this treatment, it was clear that Lois would need surgery.

Today, Lois has normal function in her fingers and hand and is grateful to be living a life without pain and limitations.

Read more about Lois’ TOS treatment from the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute


Compassionate Care Goes a Long Way

Do you know a compassionate caregiver at UPMC? Nominate him or her for the Ron Yount Compassionate Care Award​.

This award honors UPMC's most front-line health care staff who demonstrate kind and genuine care such as:

  • ​​Sincere bedside conversations
  • Honest communication
  • Excellent shared decision-making​

Any patient, family member, visitor, or colleague may nominate a UPMC staff member for this award. Your nomination is due by Thursday, August 31.


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