Enteropathic arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis develops in approximately 9% to 20% of people with inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. People who have enteropathic arthritis have episodes of sacroiliac joint pain (pelvic joints) and low back pain.

Symptoms of enteropathic arthritis

The symptoms of enteropathic arthritis include arthritis in several joints including the pelvic joints (sacroiliac joints), hips, knees, feet and shoulder, wrists and hands. Generally speaking these episodes are worse when a patient has an acute episode of their inflammatory bowel disease.

Treatment of enteropathic arthritis

The treatment of enteropathic arthritis will include a range of medications that are similar to those used in other spondyloarthropathies and rheumatoid arthritis. These medications aim to reduce inflammation with in the joints. Medications are also used to treat the underlying inflammatory bowel condition. The role of the chiropractor and physiotherapist at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is to improve and preserve the mechanical consequences/components of this condition. Chiropractors and physiotherapists will use treatments aimed restoring optimal joint mechanics and motion, and reduce joint pain and dysfunction using a variety of evidence based treatment options such as hands on treatments and exercise therapies.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.