In 1979 C. Ralph Hooper’s, daughter presented with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. He knew immediately that his daughter was a poor candidate for 23-hour bracing. The unsightly appearance and the stigma associated with wearing a 23-hour brace, perhaps for years, was not going to work. As a certified orthotist/prosthetist Mr. Hooper was determined to spare his daughter the agony of such a harsh sentence.
This led to a unique collaboration of talents between physician and orthotist.
The History – of the modern-day Charleston Bending Brace™
Mr. Hooper grew up in Charleston SC, a place where he had a strong connection to the medical community. He immediately partnered with Frederic E. Reed, MD a pediatric orthopedic specialist.
Their collective knowledge in their respective fields, provided the foundation by which a side bending orthosis, targeting nighttime-only wear, could be developed. This collaboration lead to the revolutionary modern-day prototype of today’s Charleston Bending Brace™. The CBB has proven to be a most effective form of treatment for all patients with scoliotic curves of 40° or less … and for the non-compliant patient who refuses 23-hour bracing.
In 1984 an investigational team was formed to study lateral bending time-modified brace wear. Team members included: Frederick E. Reed, M.D., C. Ralph Hooper, Jr., CPO, Max F. Riddick, M.D. of Winter Park, Florida, Donald S. Scott, MD Tuscaloosa, AL and Charles T. Price, M.D. of Orlando, Florida. Their work proved the efficacy of the Charleston Bending Brace which was then patented in 1987.
Since 1982 there have been over 25 scientific research papers published on the Charleston Bending Brace™ a sampling of which are featured on this website.
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