Margarito was only 16 years old when he moved from Mexico to Napa Valley. He got a job in the wine industry, first working as a cooper (making wine barrels), then transitioned to winemaking. He is currently the Cellar Master for Castello Di Amorosa in Calistoga.
Margarito recently received treatment for an injured elbow through Napa Medical Research Foundation’s (NMRF) Vineyard Worker Health Program (VWHP). His injury had caused him chronic pain, both at work and in his daily life.
“I was lifting weights and suddenly felt severe pain in my elbow. After that, it hurt consistently and affected my job for a year, and then the pain got much worse. It got to the point where if I wanted to put a CD in my CD player, I couldn’t even reach to do that anymore.”
Margarito was referred by his doctor to the Bodor Clinic and was initially treated with steroid injections, which helped to temporarily numb the pain. When the pain kept returning, Margarito was given a Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) injection, which ultimately healed the damaged tissue and eliminated the pain.
“I did a lot of reading about PRP to find out more about it, because there are a lot of workers who get injured in the wine industry, but most people are skeptical of this type of procedure – there are misunderstandings about what PRP actually is. “
After doing his research, Margarito received the PRP treatment at no cost, thanks to the VWHP. He went right back to work, initially doing light duty. When the soreness from the PRP injection subsided, he was able to resume his regular work, which can be very physically demanding, especially during harvest. “After my PRP treatment, I had only a dull pain or soreness for a few more weeks and then the pain was gone! I was back to my normal activities at work and at home.”
Margarito says he wouldn’t hesitate to undergo regenerative treatments if he is ever injured again. “Now I feel great. Even Dr. Bodor’s fellow that was exercising next to me at the gym was impressed with what I could do. I can do everything I could do before my injury.”
The goal of the Foundation’s VWHP is to provide regenerative treatments to winery workers in the Napa Valley community, so they can live with less pain and get back to more productive lifestyles.
For more information and program eligibility, go to: https://napamedicalresearch.org/vwhp/
Volver a hacer vino con la ayuda de PRP
Margarito tenía sólo 16 años cuando se mudó de México al Valle de Napa. Consiguió un trabajo en la industria vitivinícola, primero trabajando como cooper (haciendo barricas de vino), luego pasó a la vinificación. Actualmente es el Maestro de Bodega de Castello Di Amorosa en Calistoga.