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We Use SPRINT Peripheral Nerve Stimulator (PNS) to Treat Peripheral Nerve Pain

At American Pain Consortium, our team is committed to ongoing research into the latest pain treatment technology. That led us to the SPRINT System, a system that provides peripheral nerve stimulation. This stimulation can lead to fast pain relief and could have long-lasting effects on your nerve pain levels.

What Does the Peripheral Nervous System Do?

The peripheral nervous system is a network of nerves that connects the spinal cord to the rest of the body. These nerves control motor function, sensation/touch, and autonomic functions (such as digestion and heart rate). Damage to these nerves may cause symptoms such as bladder dysfunction, tingling and numbness in the extremities, and poor coordination.

What is the Sprint PNS System?

At American Pain Consortium, we use peripheral nerve stimulator (PNS) implants to treat peripheral nerve pain. The SPRINT System is a minimally invasive, neurostimulation treatment that may offer pain relief to people who have been suffering from chronic back, shoulder, knee, or other nerve-related pain. This breakthrough, restorative treatment targets select nerves to reduce the pain you have lived with for far too long.With a short-term treatment of 60 days, the SPRINT System is an innovative option to treat chronic pain and potentially avoid the need for prescription painkillers or a permanent implant.

A PNS implant is similar to a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implant, only it is implanted near the target nerves rather than near the spine. Initially, patients receive a temporary PNS device that connects to wire leads beneath the skin. With a remote control, patients can adjust the intensity, frequency, and duration of electrical impulses that travel through the leads to disrupt pain signals between the peripheral nerves and the brain. If the device effectively alleviates pain, patients may receive a permanent implant.

How is the Sprint PNS System Implanted?

With the SPRINT System, a tiny MicroLead™ not much thicker than the diameter of a strand of hair, is placed to stimulate the targeted nerve. A small device sends gentle pulses through the MicroLead to stimulate the nerve. A simple handheld remote allows you to control the stimulation level to find a setting that works best for you. After 60 days, the MicroLead is removed and treatment is complete. A majority of patients have seen sustained pain relief following the treatment across multiple clinical studies.

The SPRINT System does not require surgery for implantation and will be implanted for a maximum of 60 days. It may alleviate chronic nerve pain originating in multiple regions, including your back and knees.

After Sprint PNS Implantation

This outpatient procedure is conducted under local anesthetic, so patients are able to go home the same day with a trusted friend or family member driving them. Some tenderness or soreness at the implant site is normal and usually resolves in a few days, but doctors may advise patients to restrict activity for a few weeks. Most people report an immediate improvement in their symptoms following a PNS implant.

Does Insurance Cover Sprint PNS Treatment?

The SPRINT System is covered by Medicare. Many private insurance companies also provide coverage following prior authorization. The company that manufactures the SPRINT system has a program called SPRcare™ that offers support for obtaining commercial insurance coverage and can, with your permission, assist you in determining your insurance coverage and obtaining necessary approvals.

Are you interested in learning more about peripheral nerve stimulation? Contact us at American Pain Consortium to book an appointment.


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