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Smart Athlete Physiotherapy

1017 E Whitaker Mill Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27608

Jeffrey Vajay

Meet Jeffrey Vajay

Jeff Vajay is the founder of Smart Athlete Physiotherapy and a lifelong athlete.  A four year starter for the Quinnipiac University tennis team and an inductee to the university’s athletic hall of fame, Jeff had more than his share of sports-related injuries and long recovery times.  When he graduated with his physical therapy degree, he knew he wanted to help athletes recover faster, so they could return to competition stronger than before.

And Jeff has been doing just that. For nearly two decades, Jeff has worked with athletes from the NHL, NFL, NBA, ATP, WTA, MLB and US Olympic Track and Field, as well as various college athletes.  He’s spent four years as a sports medicine therapist for the United States Tennis Association Men’s Professional Circuit and currently travels internationally as a Physiotherapist with the ATP World Tour.

We help the athlete within us move without compensation and pain, creating the freedom to do what you love most!!

Smart Athlete PT has put together a collection of Raleigh’s most experienced physio’s in treating athletes and over-use injuries.  Upon your introductory call to Smart Athlete we figure out which physio you best match up with to maximize your time with us.

Our services are designed to get you back to what you love to do and take your game to the next level.  If you answer yes to any of the following, we have the solution.

  • Pain that affects your movement
  • Stiffness that doesn’t go away
  • Reliance on pain killers
  • Unable to participate in activities you love
  • Lost time to train or compete due to injury
  • Have recurring injuries or migrating pain
  • Feel your workout routine is hurting you

I've been a Smart Athlete customer, specifically with Jeff Vajay, for over 5 years now. The treatment has been critical to my ability to stay running and training at the level I want.

Jeff is awesome! He did a great job giving me some at home exercises and stretches to help reduce my pain. If you are in need of some dry needling, Jeff is your guy!

966 ★★★★★ Reviews and Counting!

Schedule a $69 New Patient Appointment at Smart Athlete Physiotheray

This New Patient Special includes a medical assessment and one SoftWave treatment session. Clinics performing SoftWave therapy are independently owned and operated, and set their own pricing for a full SoftWave treatment plan which can range from 6 to 12 sessions. By submitting the form you are consenting to receive updates and marketing communications from SoftWave via text message, email, or phone call, using an artificially generated voice.

SoftWave FAQs

  • What results should I expect from SoftWave Therapy?

    If you are a candidate for treatment, SoftWave therapy can provide both immediate and long-lasting results. After one SoftWave session, patients typically experience a 20-50% reduction in pain and improvement in mobility, lasting from a few hours to several days. Some patients require multiple sessions before experiencing improvement.

    To determine if SoftWave is a suitable treatment for you, schedule a $69 New Patient Appointment, where you will receive one SoftWave treatment session, and the provider will assess whether further treatment is appropriate.

    Unlike pain medications and injections, SoftWave treatment seeks to activate the body’s natural healing process at the cellular level to deliver genuine and long-lasting results.

  • What is the SoftWave treatment process like?

    SoftWave is a fast and convenient non-invasive procedure that usually lasts 10-15 minutes, with no downtime required for recovery. First, ultrasound gel is applied, then the SoftWave device is gently placed to deliver shock waves to the injured area. Most patients feel a gentle tapping or pulsing sensation, while some patients may experience mild pain or discomfort. The use of anesthesia or numbing agents is not necessary. Effective communication with the provider during treatment can help identify treatment hotspots and track progress.

    Click to see what SoftWave treatment looks like in action.

  • Where can I go to get SoftWave therapy?

    SoftWave therapy is performed by licensed clinicians at doctors’ offices, chiropractic and physical therapy clinics, and medical centers across the United States. Click to find a SoftWave provider in your area.

  • Who is a candidate for treatment?

    SoftWave is a viable treatment for most individuals experiencing one of the conditions listed here. To determine if SoftWave is a suitable treatment for you, schedule a $69 New Patient Appointment, where you will receive one SoftWave treatment session and the provider can assess your condition. If you experience slight pain or discomfort during the session, it may actually be an indication that the injured area will benefit from additional sessions.

    Is SoftWave therapy safe with prescription medication?

    SoftWave therapy can be safely combined with prescription medication in most cases.

    Is SoftWave therapy safe after surgery?

    SoftWave therapy is generally safe after surgery, depending on the type of surgery performed. In fact, it is commonly used to accelerate healing and post-surgical rehabilitation. Some doctors even use SoftWave in the operating room immediately after surgery, to activate the body’s healing process.

    Is SoftWave safe with metal in your body?

    SoftWave therapy is safe for patients with metal in their body, such as pins, plates, or joint replacements.

    Is SoftWave safe with a blood pressure condition?

    Yes, Softwave is generally safe for patients with blood pressure conditions, like high or low blood pressure.

    Who is NOT a candidate for SoftWave therapy?

    SoftWave therapy is not suitable for individuals who are pregnant, have a pacemaker, or have cancer. At your first appointment, the provider can further discuss any conditions that would impact your ability to receive therapy.

  • Does SoftWave therapy have side effects?

    Side effects from SoftWave therapy are minimal and non-restrictive. SoftWave does not cause bruising or swelling, although some patients may experience slight redness and soreness that typically subsides within one to two days. While recovery downtime is not usually needed, we recommend avoiding high-impact movements or exercise for the first 24-48 hours.

  • What conditions and injuries are treated by SoftWave therapy?

    SoftWave therapy treats an array of conditions, injuries and symptoms, including:

    • Joint and muscle pain like knee, shoulder, and lower back pain
    • Overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, and jumpers knee
    • Orthopedic conditions like carpal tunnel, meniscus tears, and soft tissue injuries
    • Ulcers, wounds, burns
    • Neuropathies
    • Post-surgical healing

    This list grows each year as new applications are discovered for this breakthrough technology.

    View the full list of conditions treated by SoftWave therapy.