A recent study has found that a certain type of E Coli bacteria has been linked to joint pain in Crohn's disease patients. MORE: What is microscopic colitis? Many people with Crohn's disease also suffer from peripheral spondyloarthritis (SpA), a condition that causes pain in the joints and the spine. Until now, doctors were unsure of the link between SpA and Crohn's disease, but stool samples from patients with both conditions have shown the presence of a strain of escherichia coli. The discovery will help doctors come up with effective treatments for patients with Crohn's who also have SpA, with the aim of targeting the E Coli bacteria and stopping the inflammation it causes in the stomach and the joints. Read more about this research here. MORE: Five medications used to treat inflammatory bowel disease IBD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.