Do I have spasticity, yes. Do I receive Botox injections for spasticity due to my stroke, yes every four months.
I may have the answer you are looking for or maybe not. When it comes to Medicare or Medicaid paying for the procedure, I can only offer suggestions and WAGs (wise a$$ guesses). I have limited knowledge how these programs work and their parameters. I do know that stroke survivors are receiving Botox injections under these programs, but the details on how they got approved is a mystery to me.
I was denied for both programs and depend on my private insurance to pay for my injections. I do know the neurologist and I had to make numerous telephone calls and faxes of reams of documentation to get approved. The process took months.
How many injections and the amount used is also a mystery. I depend on my neurologist for these finer details. She has taken the course work and has the knowledge. I don't second guess her, but offer feedback to which area was helped the most or least.
For example, she injected 50 cc to try and control my ankle and foot spasticity. The results of those four injections was that it worked too well. My muscle tone and spasticity disappeared totally. After two years of fighting and adjusting my walk and stance to these issues, when they disappeared totally, it became a fall hazard issue. After discussion, we decided to work up to total absence of of spasticity.
For the next round, she cut the dose by half with the plan of upping the dose in future injections. This will allow me to strengthen the muscle without falling. Falls are a fact of life after a stroke, but it is never a good thing.
I can only speak for me and relate the details of my experience. It was once stated that it takes twenty years to be an expert. Hopefully by then, scientists will find the cause and the cure for spasticity. I doubt it but remain hopeful. Right now, they are wasting time and money defining it in its various forms. I've read quite a few of these research papers and can only say, "DOH! I could have saved time, money, and told you this." Anybody that experiences spasticity can.
Yes, I can talk about how my spasticity and Botox affects me, but that's it. I am no expert on the subject. But I have a feeling that I could be before it is resolved.
Nothing is impossible with determination.