If you've ever experienced a dull, aching pain around your kneecap after a run, you're not alone. Runner's knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a common issue among athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Runner’s knee is a condition that can sideline you from your favourite activities and, if left untreated, can lead to chronic pain.

In this blog, we’ll explore the causes of runner's knee, its symptoms, and, most importantly, how a Saskatoon Chiropractor at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness can help you get back on track.

What is Runner's Knee?

Runner's knee is a term used to describe pain around the kneecap (patella) where it meets the lower end of the thigh bone (femur). This condition isn’t limited to runners; it can affect anyone who engages in activities that put repetitive stress on the knee.

Causes of Runner's Knee

Understanding the root causes of runner's knee is crucial for effective treatment and prevention. Here are some common factors that contribute to this condition:

Overuse: Repeated bending and overuse of the knee can irritate the nerves around the kneecap.

Muscle Imbalance: Weak thigh muscles can fail to support the knee properly, causing strain.

Foot Problems: Weakness in the feet, flat feet or overpronation can affect how you walk or run, putting extra stress on your knee.

Trauma: Direct injury to the knee can also result in runner's knee.

Symptoms of Runner's Knee

Recognizing the symptoms early can help you seek treatment before the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:

Pain: A dull, aching pain around or behind the kneecap, especially during activities like running, squatting, or climbing stairs.

Swelling: Inflammation around the knee.

Popping or Grinding Sensation: You might feel or hear popping or grinding when you move your knee.

Knee Stiffness: Difficulty bending or straightening the knee.

How E3 Chiropractic + Wellness Can Help

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, our team of skilled Saskatoon Chiropractors is dedicated to helping you overcome runner's knee. We offer a comprehensive approach to treatment, ensuring you receive personalized care tailored to your specific needs. Here's how we can help:

Comprehensive Assessment

Our first step is a thorough assessment to understand the extent of your condition. We’ll evaluate your medical history, perform physical examinations, and may use diagnostic imaging if necessary. This helps us identify the root cause of your knee pain.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Based on the assessment, we develop a personalized treatment plan that may include:

Chiropractic Adjustments: These help improve joint function and alleviate pain.

Physical Rehabilitation: Strengthening and stretching exercises to address muscle imbalances and improve knee stability.

Orthotics: Custom orthotic devices can correct foot problems that contribute to knee pain.

Lifestyle and Ergonomic Advice: Recommendations on proper footwear, running techniques, and other lifestyle modifications to prevent recurrence.

Advanced Techniques

We utilize advanced techniques and equipment to provide the best care possible. Some of our methods include:

Functional Range Release (FRR): A patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

IASTM: Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions.

Kinesio Taping: Helps provide support and stability to your knee while allowing for a full range of motion.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS): A rehabilitation approach that aims to restore and stabilize the correct function of the neuromuscular system by using developmental movement patterns.

Success Stories

Many of our patients have experienced significant improvement after seeking treatment at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness. Here’s what some of them have to say:

“After months of dealing with knee pain, I decided to visit E3 Chiropractic + Wellness. The team was amazing – they pinpointed the issue and created a treatment plan that worked wonders. I’m now running pain-free!” - Layla, avid runner.

“The personalized care I received at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness was top-notch. Their holistic approach addressed not just my knee pain but also my overall posture and running technique.” - Mark, fitness enthusiast.

Preventing Runner's Knee

Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some tips to help you avoid runner's knee:

Strength Training: Focus on strengthening your quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip muscles to support your knees.

Proper Footwear: Invest in good quality running shoes that provide adequate support.

Warm-Up and Cool-Down: Always warm up before running and cool down afterwards to prevent injuries.

Gradual Increase in Activity: Avoid sudden increases in running distance or intensity.

Listen to Your Body: Don’t ignore knee pain. Rest and seek professional help if you experience persistent discomfort.

Why Choose E3 Chiropractic + Wellness?

Choosing the right healthcare provider is crucial for effective treatment and prevention of runner's knee. Here’s why E3 Chiropractic + Wellness should be your go-to choice:

Expertise: Our team of experienced Saskatoon Chiropractors specializes in treating sports-related injuries, including runner's knee.

Comprehensive Care: We offer a holistic approach to treatment, addressing not just the symptoms but also the underlying causes of your pain.

Patient-Centered Approach: We prioritize your needs and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and goals.


Runner's knee can be a debilitating condition, but with the right treatment and preventive measures, you can overcome it and get back to your active lifestyle.

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, our Saskatoon Chiropractors are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness.

If you’re experiencing knee pain during your favourite activities, click HERE to schedule an appointment today! 

Let us help you run pain-free and enjoy your favourite activities to the fullest.


Dr. Kurtis Gryba

Dr. Kurtis Gryba

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