Opioid use and dependency increased during the pandemic. At least 9 million Americans suffer from SI joint pain, which can have a dramatic impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to conduct simple, everyday tasks due to reduced mobility. Dr. Azeem is a pain management specialist practicing in Tampa, Florida who strives to provide long-term pain solutions independent of opioids. For patients experiencing SI joint pain where appropriate nonsurgical interventions have failed, Dr. Azeem trusts LinQ by PainTEQ for its safe approach and fast recovery time.
A clinical study confirmed that LinQ significantly reduces opioid use in patients following their procedure. Dr. Azeem wants to share with the medical community the results his patients have experienced with LinQ in addition to providing insight on the basics of how the procedure stabilizes the SI joint using a posterior approach.
Dr. Azeem completed his undergraduate education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and graduated from medical school, earning his Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine. After that, he completed an internship at Medstar Harbor Hospital Center in Baltimore and a residency at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Washington, DC, where he was the chief resident.
After filling a faculty position at Medstar Georgetown University as a musculoskeletal medicine specialist, he went on to complete an ACGME interventional pain fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, under the guidance of internationally renowned pain physician Dr. Frank J.E. Falco.
Dr. Azeem served as a board member for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and held the position of director of neuromodulation in a multidisciplinary pain practice in New Orleans before moving to Florida. He recently developed the first successful non-opioid based interventional pain clinic in the Sarasota, Florida, area.
His background helped shape Dr. Azeem’s approach to treating pain, and he includes both patients and their families in developing treatment plans so that everyone involved understands the origin of the patient’s pain as well as their available treatment options.
Currently, Dr. Azeem is an associate assistant professor in the pain/neurology department of the University of South Florida, and actively continues to conduct research and author peer-reviewed publications in addition to treating patients, President, Florida Society of Pain & Neuroscience, Chair of Strategic Development for State Society Engagement and Advocacy, American Society of Pain & Neuroscience and Board of Directors, Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Foundation.