I hope someone can answer my question. I want to go to a chiropractor to see if he can help me with sciatica. My question is whether it is necessary for them to do an x-ray in order to know how to treat me. The one I hope to go to also does acupuncture. I would rather not get x-rays because I am more sensitive than most to electromagnetic fields. I have had sciatica for several years which I believe is connected more to piriformis muscle than it is to spinal issues. My concern now is with a balance problem that I am actually hoping is caused by sciatica because that sounds better than any alternative I can think of. After doing some searching, it sounds like my symptoms could possibly be related to sciatica. I feel it more on my left side and it seems that my left leg is weak when I try to push off with it. It causes me to bend over and feel off balance. I also have numb face on that side. After researching, I found numbness in face connected with sciatica.
Anyway, my question is whether most chiropractors insist on an x-ray and if I should give in and let them do one OR keep looking for someone who doesn't insist on them. I have avoided x-rays since I have been affected by sensitivity to EMF's.
I hope someone knows the answer to this because it is getting scary.