About C. Ralph Hooper, Jr., CPO


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 find a solution.

This led to a unique collaboration of talents between physician and orthotist.

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 night-time-only wear, could be developed.

Their work 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 investigative team was formed to study this new orthosis for side-bending, time-modified scoliosis treatment. 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 of Tuscaloosa, AL and Charles T. Price, M.D. of Orlando, Florida. Their investigation proved the efficacy of the Charleston Bending Brace as an effective form of treatment for all patients with scoliotic curves of 40° or less. They also determined a night-time-only option would have great appeal to the patients who refuse daytime brace-wear.

After years of diligent testing and research, what started as a labor of love for Ralph Hooper’s daughter, the Charleston Bending Brace was finally patented in 1987. Since then, there have been over 25 scientific research papers published on the efficacy of the Charleston Bending Brace. (Please refer to the Resources tab.)

Professional Accreditation

  • Certified Orthotist. American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, 1976.
  • Certified Prosthetist. American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, 1978.


  • Graduate Certificate in Prosthetics, from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. 1978.
  • Graduate Certificate in Orthotics, from New York University Medical School, New York, NY. 1976.
  • College of Charleston. 1971-1973.
  • The Citadel Military College. 1971-1973.
  • Gardener Webb College. 1967-1969.

Inventor and Patent Holder

  • Inventor of Orthopedic Appliance known as THE ORIGINAL BENDING BRACE patent no. 4,688,558.

Memberships and Committees

  • Member of American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
  • Member of American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Recipient of Expression of Appreciation Award American Board for Certification
  • Past President Elect Region IV, A.O.P.A.
  • Past Vice President of Region IV, A.O.P.A.
  • Past President of South Carolina Orthotics and Prosthetics Society
  • Past Scientific Chairman for A.O.P.A. Region IV
  • Past Assembly Chairman for A.O.P.A. Region IV
  • Past Chairman ABC Board Examination for Orthotics
  • Past Examiner for ABC Orthotic Exam
  • Past Member ABC Credentials Committee
  • Past Member of the Business and Data Committee for A.O.P.A,
  • Past President of the Florida Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
  • Past President of the Florida Chapter of A.A.O.P.