WHAT IS SPRINT PNS

The SPRINT PNS System provides Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) therapy to relieve pain. In PNS, a lead is placed to target activation of a named peripheral nerve.


SPRCare is a complimentary service intended to help physicians and health care facilities navigate the process of getting the SPRINTĀ® PNS System approved and scheduled for their patients and to:

  • Establish coverage & benefits for SPRINT PNS System candidates
  • Provide coding information and claims assistance
  • Pursue pre-authorization
  • Manage denials and appeals
  • Support documentation of medical necessity and operative procedures
  • Assist with coordination of peer-to-peer meetings as needed
  • Assure prompt procedure scheduling

Health care providers and staff are encouraged to contact their local SPR representative for more information about how to access this complimentary service.

Differentiating PNS from PFS, PENS and SCS:

PNS is easily distinguished from other types of stimulation that do not target a named peripheral nerve, such as Peripheral Field Stimulation (PFS), Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS) and Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS).

In PFS, one or more leads are typically placed superficially to target non-specific subcutaneous sensory nerve endings in the region of pain. PFS has also been referred to previously as peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNFS). PFS does NOT deliver the same therapy as PNS.

PENS or electro-acupuncture involves the delivery of electrical impulses through a needle electrode that is inserted just below the skin. Needles are typically removed after each session and re-inserted again at the beginning of the next session. PENS and electro-acupuncture do NOT deliver the same therapy as PNS.

SCS involves the placement of one or more leads adjacent to the spinal cord and generally within the spinal canal or spinal foramen to stimulate the spinal cord rather than peripheral nerves. SCS does NOT deliver the same therapy as PNS.