(HealthDay News) -- A self-management program can help people with osteoarthritis learn more about the joint disease and how to better cope with it.

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says self-management programs may offer these benefits:

  • Gain a better understanding of osteoarthritis.
  • Stay physically active while still controlling pain.
  • Learn ways to deal with osteoarthritis emotionally and physically.
  • Learn to feel more self-confident, which can lead to a more independent lifestyle.