How Does the SPRINT PNS (Peripheral Nerve Stimulation) System work?
Peripheral nerve stimulation, commonly called PNS, is a treatment for pain. The SPRINT PNS System involves the use of a wire not much larger than a hair (in medical terms a “lead”) to send tiny electrical signals to the targeted nerves.
How Does SPRINT PNS Treat Pain?
After the lead is placed, using a small needle in an outpatient setting, tiny electrical signals are delivered to the targeted nerve(s) to produce a mild tingling sensation to block the pain signal. You are always in complete control of the stimulation and can either turn the device on/off or adjust the stimulation strength as needed.
How is SPRINT PNS different from other PNS options?
The SPRINT PNS system is unique among the other available options as it does not require permanent implantation.
- Many patients report long term relief following the short 60-day treatment period.
- You can continue performing most of your daily activities.
- You can shower with the system in place but should avoid bathing.
Commonly Asked Questions about SPRINT PNS
Below are some commonly asked questions about SPRINT PNS.
What pain conditions has SPRINT PNS been used for?
The SPRINT PNS System is for use in the back or extremities. It has been used for many pain conditions. A sampling of uses is listed below:
- Low back pain
- Post-amputation pain
- Pain due to nerve trauma
- Chronic joint pain (knee, shoulder, etc.)
- Chronic post-operative pain (following joint replacement)
You can learn more about the SPRINT PNS System and hear from actual patients here.
Will my insurance cover SPRINT PNS?
SPRINT PNS is covered by Medicare and the majority of private insurance companies if you meet the appropriate qualifications. You’ll need to check with your insurance provider directly to understand your specific coverage. After your physician has determined that PNS is appropriate for you, you can request support from SPR’s reimbursement support program (SPRcare) to help you work with your insurance carrier to obtain coverage, as needed.
How do I get SPRINT PNS?
If you feel SPRINT PNS may be a good option for you and are ready to take the next step, you’ll need to find a physician in your area who offers the SPRINT PNS System. We can help you find a pain physician near you by filling out this form here.