Methods and compositions for inhibiting articular cartilage degradation. The compositions preferably include multiple chondroprotective agents, including at least one agent that promotes cartilage anabolic activity and at least one agent that inhibits cartilage catabolism. The compositions may also include one or more pain and inflammation inhibitory agents. The compositions may be administered systemically, such as to treat patients at risk of cartilage degradation at multiple joints, and suitably may be formulated in a carrier or delivery vehicle that is targeted to the joints. Alternatively the compositions may be injected or infused directly into the joint.