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Joint problems are one of the most common symptoms outside the gut that people with Crohn’s or Colitis experience.
These can include:
- pain in joints (arthralgia)
- pain and swelling in joints (arthritis)
- inflammation around the tendons and ligaments (enthesitis).

Joint problems can make coping with other aspects of Crohn’s or Colitis more difficult. They can limit mobility and cause pain which might affect work, exercise or social life. But there are effective ways to treat and manage joint problems with the support of your IBD team and rheumatologist.

This information is for anyone who wants to know more about joint problems related to Crohn’s or Colitis. It looks at diagnosis and treatment, the health professionals who can help and what you can do to manage joint problems.