I do think PT has been helpful, because I really haven't had a good feeling for just what I "should" and "shouldn't" do with my hand....especially given the fact that I'm still in my brace. My therapist is really pushing some of the gentle stretching (even to cause some pain), and then sends me home to do a little bit more each time. I certainly wouldn't have felt comfortable doing some of the things she was doing with me in PT at home, but felt very confident having her guide me to do it in therapy.
It's great that your fingers aren't also swollen! Mine REALLY are! Especially my index finger and middle finger.
The docs really do seem to have different methods!! Good luck to you as well! Thanks for posting!