Facet Syndrome is a situation that people who are a little older are going to get. It is a progressive disease that starts almost at zero and can account for 40% of low back pain complaints, certainly as we get into our 70s and 80s. The problem is a result of the facet joints. The facet joints are the guiding joints in the back of the spine. One of the issues that begins to occur as we get older is that the discs in the back lose their water content.