Steroid Injection

This procedure involves injecting steroid medication into the joint space. It will help decrease inflammation in the joint. Once the inflammation is under control, stiffness, swelling and motion will improve.

Steroid injections can be done in the Rheumatology Clinic, by your doctor or in Interventional Radiology by an interventional radiologist. Interventional Radiology is located at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Location A.

Children who do not need general anesthesia or sedation may eat and drink until the time of the procedure. A staff member will call you with specific instructions at the time of scheduling. It is best for your child to wear loose fitting clothes for this procedure.

If your child will be awake during the procedure, he / she can watch TV or listen to music.

If the procedure is done in Interventional Radiology, the doctor will use image guidance − with fluoroscopy, a moving X-ray or ultrasound − to see the affected joint space. This helps guide the steroid medication into the joint space.

Your child’s skin may be numbed with a special patch before the steroid medicine is injected. The skin will be cleaned, and a small needle, with more numbing medicine, will be inserted into the skin over the joint. The steroid medication is then injected into the joint.

When your child gets home, he / she will need to rest and stay off of the affected joint. You should receive specific instructions from your child's doctor prior to the procedure. Your child should not experience any drainage, redness or extreme pain at the injection site.

  • Drainage
  • Swelling
  • Extreme pain at the injection site

Last Updated 07/2012