Hand and wrist sprains/strains usually last between 2 to 10 weeks. The severity of the pain is usually telling of how long it will last – the more painful the injury, the longer it will last. In some cases, patients are unable to even press keys on their keyboard or pick up pens. In serious cases such as these, immediate medical attention is required. Home remedies like gentle stretches, heat therapy, and cold therapy help alleviate the pain, but we recommend consulting a physiatrist for faster results.