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 are done in the Rheumatology Clinic by your doctor, in Interventional Radiology by an interventional radiologist, or in the operating room under general anesthesia. Interventional Radiology is located at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Location A.

Before the Procedure

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.

During the Procedure

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

If the procedure is done in Interventional Radiology or the operating room, 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 is cleaned and a small needle, with more numbing medicine, is inserted into the skin over the joint. The steroid medication is then injected into the joint.

After the Procedure

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.

Call Your Child's Doctor If:

Call the doctor if you notice any of these things at the injection site:

  • Drainage
  • Swelling
  • Extreme pain

Last Updated 03/2018

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