The swelling of joints in arthritis, inclusing the knuckles, is caused by the laying down of bone material additional to the joint structure by the white blood cells as they attck the joints of the body.
My girlfriend 8> has suffered from Arthritis since she was in her mid 20s she is now mid 40s :''( . She has had both her knees replaced. She also suffers with damaged knuckles and elbows and also a degree of damage to her ankles and feet joints.
My question though is regarding foot reflexes - Babinski refex - she has absolutely no reflex at all in one foot and minimal reflex in the other. Initial information suggested this could be cause by spinal damage - a previous blogger here and some articles here suggests Arthritis does not affect the spine, I am uncertain about this! - has anyone further information?
1 could the knee replacement have damaged the foot refex?
2 could fusion in the spine, perhaps caused by arthritis, dampen the reflex?
and finally, on another point raised on this site about Physical excercise and joint manipulation -
3 does manipulation and non-impact excercise reduce joint fusion, including spine fusion?
Your genius and expertise is awaitied! :B