Hi lulu28. It’s always good to see that there are friends like you who don’t “bug out” on an injured friend. Some quadriplegics are categorized as “complete” and others as “incomplete”. Do you know which your friend is? An incomplete would have no intentional movement below the injury. But an “incomplete” might have some voluntary movement below the injury. In fact some “incomplete” paraplegics and quadriplegics can walk. The type of specialist who could best help her would depend on her health issues, and those in turn, would be influenced by whether her injury is complete or incomplete, and how much voluntary movement she has. Tell us a little more.
Lulu, To start, people can offer better advice if you fill out your profile more and tell us what large city you are near. Someone may know of a good doctor. You are entirely correct that a small town GP is unlikely to know a lot of what your friend needs. I suggest that if your friend is not presently interested in doing research online that you do so. no doctor ever knows enough and we all need to become experts on SCI in order to get decent care.
The Christopher and dana Reeve Foundation offers a lot of support and a useful information booklet to new people who sign up. Signing on does not invite advertising, by the way. They also offer webinars each week. I suggest you begin there.