If you suffer from chronic low back pain that tends to be particularly bad in the morning or after youve been standing for a long time, you may have facet joint osteoarthritis. Facet joints are small joints behind each vertebrae of the spine. They connect each vertebral body to the vertebrae above and below, helping to stabilize the spine. The first symptoms of facet joint osteoarthritis are stiffness and soreness when rising out of bed in the morning or getting up out of a chair after sitting awhile. One reason for pain in the morning relates to levels of cortisol in the body.