Joint problems are one of the most common symptoms outside the gut that people with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative 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.

How many people with Crohn's or Coitis are affected by joint problems?
Joints explained
What can cause joint problems if you have Crohn's or Colitis?
When are joint problems diagnosed?
Which joints can be affected?
Joints of the hands, feet, arms and legs (peripheral joints)
How is this different from other forms of arthritis?
How are joint problems diagnosed?
Which health professionals can help?
How do joint symptoms relate to gut symptoms?
What treatments are there?
Other causes of joint problems
How can joint problem affect your life?
What can I do?
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
How we write our information

Last reviewed: January 2019