If you've watched enough professional football in your life, you've undoubtedly seen a quarterback battling through a nasty case of bursitis. While quarterbacking the Kansas City Chiefs in the later years of his career, Joe Montana suffered from a grotesquely swollen elbow -- a recurring case of bursitis.
In such instances, a physician may choose to drain fluid from the bursa to reduce pain and allow for a fuller range of motion. In even rarer cases, your doctor may elect to operate on the joint and remove the bursa sac [source: Mayo Clinic]. The bursa sac serves a beneficial purpose, but when it becomes regularly inflamed and causes significant pain, removal is the best course of action.
Bursitis is an unwelcome and uncomfortable ailment, but with the proper treatment and adaptations, you can get back to singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" with the best of them.