Your child's healthcare provider will give specific instructions regarding movement of the joint, pain medicine care of the affected joint, symptoms to watch for, and any activity restrictions.
Your child may be asked to rest the joint for several hours right after the procedure.
Some mild swelling and fullness may be noted in or around the joint. Your child's healthcare provider may suggest that you help your child apply ice if swelling happens. If swelling continues or increases after a day or two, contact your child's healthcare provider.
Give your child a pain reliever for soreness as recommended by their healthcare provider. Aspirin or certain other pain medicines may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only recommended medicines.
After a knee arthrogram, the affected knee may be wrapped with an elastic bandage for several days. You will be shown how to apply your child's bandage and remove it for bathing and dressing.
You may notice some clicking or cracking noises with movement of the joint for a few days after the procedure. This is normal, and should resolve within a few days.
Tell your child’s healthcare provider if they have any of the following:
- Redness, swelling, bleeding or other drainage from the injection site
- Increased pain around the injection site
Your child may resume their normal diet unless their healthcare provider tells you differently.
Your child's healthcare provider may give you other instructions after the procedure, depending on your child's particular situation.