I was thrown whilst wrestling and broke the 4th metacarpal bone in the palm of my hand when landing. I have had surgery and the cast removed 3 weeks ago. I am having no further contact with the doctor. The hand therapist has given me exercises to do as i can no longer form a fist or hold a pen due to stiffness in my fingers/knuckles. My concern is that the hand is still swollen especially around the knuckle area and i am not progressing with being able to form a fist or hold a pen. Obviously i cant gym or wrestle now

Should i continue with the exercises (I am worried they are making the swelling worst which is not improving my hand movement)
How long will recovery take ?
Any other tips ?