Imagine Your Life
Without Chronic Pain

Imagine Your Life Without Chronic Pain

Today, more than 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain, which has been linked to numerous physical and mental conditions.

This condition may arise as a result of injury, aging, genetic predisposition, or nerve damage. It takes several forms, ranging from arthritis to neuropathy, and requires integrated treatment that addresses each patient’s physical and psychological health. At our Bay Area pain clinic, we have developed a specialized approach which allows for successful remission from chronic pain.

Our Director of Recovery Medicine, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, MD, is an experienced emergency physician, board-certified in both pain and addiction medicine, who taught as a clinical faculty member in the pain fellowship program at UCSF over the last twenty years. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Conditions Treated at Our Bay Area Pain Clinic

Low Back & Spine Pain

The lumbar region can produce intense pain, which results in a patient struggling to sit, move, or stand up straight. Chronic back pain may be caused by bulging or ruptured discs, sciatica, muscle strain, arthritis, osteoporosis, and even poor posture. Risk factors include age, excess weight, improper lifting, lack of exercise, smoking, and diseases such as cancer. Recovery Without Walls has developed a sophisticated program for the treatment of low back and spine pain.

Headache & Migraine

An estimated 3.3 million Americans have chronic migraines, and even more deal with chronic headaches. People with these conditions will experience headaches 15 or more days each month for longer than three months. The pain is constant and incapacitating, resulting in nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Causes may include inflammation of blood vessels around the brain, infection, intracranial pressure, or traumatic brain injury. Our expert clinicians will combine cutting-edge pharmacology and holistic therapies for the treatment of chronic headache and migraine.

Cancer & Neuropathic Pain

Many cancer patients find neuropathic pain to be completely debilitating. Also called nerve pain, this category of chronic pain leads to loss of function, increased sensitivity, and spontaneous pain. It may result from direct damage to the nervous system from a tumor or from cancer treatments like chemotherapy. Left untreated, this diagnosis holds worse outcomes for older patients. For successful resolution, nerve pain requires a tailored therapeutic approach from a Bay Area pain clinic.

Buprenorphine for Pain

Effective, Evidence-Based Treatment for Chronic Pain

Buprenorphine, also called Suboxone, is an FDA-approved medication commonly used in the treatment of addiction. In recent years, it has also been found to be extremely effective for the management of acute and chronic pain. Dr. Howard Kornfeld of Recovery Without Walls has pioneered the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) for the treatment of chronic pain in the United States. His published innovations have received wide recognition and support.

Most often used to replace other, often ineffective, opioid medications that carry higher risks, buprenorphine can be carefully provided to a wide range of patients suffering from chronic pain — including the elderly — and become a quality-of-life-restoring treatment strategy.

Advanced Pharmacology for
Non-Addictive Pain Relief

Because it is a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine holds much less addictive potential than other opioid drugs on the market. Suboxone’s unique pharmacology acts on certain areas of the brain – providing potent relief from pain and opioid withdrawal – while behaving as an antagonist on other opioid receptors. This means that people taking this medication do not experience the euphoria associated with heroin and other opioid derivatives.

Buprenorphine is effective for patients with chronic pain or pain complicated by opioid dependence. Studies of patients who transitioned from high-dose opioids to Suboxone have documented improved pain control, improved control of psychiatric symptoms, and a much lower risk of overdose. Patients treated with buprenorphine show improved social functioning, increased retention in treatment, reduced criminal activity, and lower rates of illicit substance use.

Shows a hand and a prescription pill bottle relating to advanced pharmacology for pain relief

Functional Medicine for Pain Management

Benefits of Holistic Pain Management

Chronic pain is not a simple issue with one universal treatment. Instead, its resolution requires patient-centered care addressing the whole person. Our team analyzes each client’s history; current medications; and physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health. In integrative medicine, the patient’s environment, biochemistry, personal needs, and circumstances inform our approach to chronic pain management.

Through personalized care and customized interventions, individuals in the Recovery Without Walls integrative pain management program find a worthwhile, effective path to healing backed by the expertise of our clinical team.

Integrative Pain Management at Recovery Without Walls

Nutritional support




Vitamins and supplements

Meditation and mindfulness

Exercise programming

Massage therapy

Lifestyle changes and support

Schedule an Intake Call

Are you interested in healing completely: physically, mentally, and spiritually? Contact Recovery Without Walls to learn more about our integrated approach to addiction medicine and pain management.