As a subspecialty of internal medicine, rheumatology focuses on arthritis, immune disorders of muscles, connective tissue diseases, and a variety of soft tissue inflammatory conditions. Rheumatological disorders range from painful to disabling. BayCare has physicians available throughout Tampa Bay who provide the highest quality of care for those suffering with arthritis or other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Proper care and treatment can make a significant difference in the quality of life for those living with these conditions.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue rheumatism
  • Gout
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia



Imaging procedures used in the diagnoses of rheumatic diseases include biopsies, CT (computed tomography), biopsies, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ultrasound and X-rays.

Laboratory Tests

Lab and blood tests used in diagnosis include antibody tests, joint fluid tests, rheumatoid factors, platelet counts and urinalysis.

Medical Services

Medical services include anti-inflammatory drug therapies, home health care, infusion and injection therapies and occupational and physical therapy.