A 22-year-old college student sustains a twisting injury to his knee while walking down a wet flight of concrete stairs. He is unable to bear weight and is taken to the local trauma center by emergency medical services. Radiographs obtained in the trauma bay are shown in Figures A and B. He is closed reduced under conscious sedation, and post-reduction radiographs demonstrate a congruent joint. He is sent for an MRI of his knee, and follows up in your clinic the next week. Which of the following is true regarding the definitive treatment of his injuries in an acute (< 3 weeks from time of injury) fashion?